American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a painter; artistic.
- adj. Having qualities unique to the art of painting.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a style of painting marked by openness of form, with shapes distinguished by variations of color rather than by outline or contour.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a painter. Sir P. Sidney, Arcadia, i.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Like a painter's work.
- adj. having qualities unique to the art of painting
“But now rehabilitation is complete and we see Sargent as an exultant master of characterisation and empathy, of colour and light, of shadow and the contre-jour effect (the subject seen against the light), and of the fat substantial paint to which the word painterly properly belongs.”
“Although Allard is considered a documentary photographer, this is an example of what photo critics would call "painterly" - a word usually reserved for fine art, not necessarily photojournalism.”
“Hals makes his loose, gestural approach, termed "painterly" by the Swiss-German art historian Heinrich Wölfflin, look so effortless that it is often assumed that he worked quickly, making what would now be called "one shot" paintings; in fact, he built up his vibrant images with traditional layering techniques, trusting—just as Rubens, his near-contemporary and fellow master of the painterly, did—that his last flourishes would bring the result to vivid life.”
“Perhaps the biggest challenge comes when the experts in Chinese classical art sit down with the experts in American painterly modernism to hash out their discreetly entwined artistic legacies still much in denial by both camps.”
“His films have also been called painterly and - with their present-at-the-creation intimations of organic and molecular forms, solar flares and shifting planetary bodies - cosmological.”
“The way the vocals are smeared against the instruments strikes me as painterly, which is appropriate given Marzette was a great visual artist as well as musician.”
“They are the same kind of painterly flowers that have over-grown on my button down shirt.”
“His art may indeed be "unsettling," but this by no means constitutes evidence of any kind whatever about Rubens's "feelings," his "hungers," or even his "taste" for anything other than his own kind of painterly imagery.”
“Nor should the influence of Norman Raeben be forgotten: he taught Dylan painting in 1974 and "some of the stanzas" on some of the songs featured on the tour are "painterly".”
“There is a world of difference between what Tor art director Irene Gallo has done with John Scalzi's Old Man's Warcovers - which do indeed feature spaceships and planets, albeit beautifully rendered in John Harris 'very "painterly" style - and the sort of archetypal cheesy metal bikini and Bug Eyed Monster cover that is sometimes associated with the worst of genre illustration.”
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