from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Work done with a brush.
  • noun The manner in which a painter applies paint with a brush.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an artist's distinctive technique of applying paint with a brush.

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  • noun The technique or realisation of the technique of applying and manipulating paint (usually oil or gouache) in a painting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an artist's distinctive technique of applying paint with a brush


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  • He does exceptionally good figure work (full figured?) with a perfectly spartan but juicy brushwork and fairly unfettered backgrounds ... everything I do NOT do ... hmmm ..

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  • And their manic brushwork, activating surface, not form, is more affected than purposeful.

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  • At first glance, his 1945 "Whispering Rain at Dusk" seems like a Ming-era mountain scene, but its loose brushwork hews closer to action painting, the spontaneous style typically associated with abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

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  • But we're equally engaged by the audacious, staccato brushwork with which the artist, Giovanni Battista Moroni, conjured up those emblems of wealth, contrasting the stabbing marks of costume and gems with the smooth rendering of face and hair.

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  • And we haven't even rehung the artwork yet; Mom'll come by tomorrow to do a third coat on some of the places where finer brushwork was needed so coverage was more difficult.

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  • After all, Scully is one of those uncompromising painters who long ago hit on an aesthetic riff: there's the bold arrangements of vertical and horizontal bars, the earthy, muted and melancholic colours, and the soft-edged and seductive brushwork.

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  • Mr. O'Sullivan and I liked the plates with abstracted flower patterns overlaid with gilded outlines of Delftware vessels ($518), and the vases and bowls with overlapping streaks of denim-colored paint inspired by Chinese brushwork ($328 for a small fluted bowl).

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  • Could it be that the reputation of Mr. Marin, whose subject matter is as American as his briskly improvisational brushwork, suffers from our nagging sense of cultural inferiority?

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  • This is an art of meticulous and laborious brushwork, even when—as in the work of perhaps the best-known of these artists, Ed Paschke—there's the suggestion of airbrushed surfaces, along with the garish colors and scale that become part of the puzzle in deciphering what is elusive, if evident, imagery.

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