from The Century Dictionary.

  • Retouched; restored.
  • Painted with too much elaboration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of overpaint.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • My induction into graffiti came last December via Spanish gallery owner Tommy Blaquiere, whose new west London space, London West Bank ( ), showcases young street artists and offers individual and group courses in the art of "tagging" (with plenty of blank or overpainted walls to legally spray on) for £10 a head.

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  • You can figure out these methods by looking at half-finished paintings, in strokes of overpainted elements or pentimenti that have transparentized, or in the edges of the picture normally hidden by frames.

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  • Brooding over my blue woman, I ate a cheese and chutney sandwich and in the afternoon overpainted the background with browns and crimsons, glazing and rubbing together the colours in the method called scumbling until I had a deep rich background that wasn't identifiably blue or brown or red but which receded from the eye, leaving the face itself startlingly near and clear.

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff

  • I overpainted that once with raw umber, which is a dark yellowish brown, and on top of that I put mixtures of yellow ochre, and then I scratched through all the layers with a piece of metal comb. '

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff

  • All the rest is overpainted with the colours you can see now.

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff

  • Cobbe, states that the overpainting was most likely shortly after it was originally painted as one of the several copies from the early 17th C also has the overpainted hair.

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  • I believe in this case he painted the distant mountainscape in one location and then overpainted the backdrop with a fallen log that he found somewhere else.

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  • He then overpainted them with gouache or watercolor.

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  • He looked at their overpainted faces and tightly pulled shirts in revulsion.


  • But the square was deliberate: close examination showed that it had indeed been overpainted over the rocky lip of the crater.

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