Definition of oil painting in English:

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oil painting



[mass noun]
1The art of painting in oils: the basic methods and techniques of oil painting
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  • With the encouragement of her son, also an artist, she experimented with various techniques: oil painting, coloured Indian inks, engraving, sculpture.
  • She specializes in various techniques, including oil painting and mixed media.
  • Many Indonesians practice Western arts, from oil painting to metal sculpture, the subjects of which are often inspired by Indonesian life and traditions.
1.1 [count noun] A picture painted in oils: an original oil painting by a local artist
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  • He made oil paintings and watercolors and attracted some attention with local art exhibitions.
  • Family Copies recreates oil paintings or watercolors by using an image from a digital or photographic source.
  • To her it doesn't matter if an image is a fine oil painting on canvas or a digital reproduction on a screen.


be no oil painting

British informal (Of a person) be unattractive: he was no oil painting, but she had long passed the age of needing good looks about her
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  • The actor is no oil painting and has acquired unattractive bulk for his part as Aubrey.
  • I admit I am no oil painting, but my character makes up for it.
  • However, I think I am hardly courting controversy if I say he is no oil painting.
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