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  • adj. Not paintable.

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  • adj. not paintable especially not suitable for artistic representation on canvas


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un- +‎ paintable


  • When Reckage asked Rennes whether he found Miss Carillon "unpaintable," the artist was conscious of a swift, piercing emotion, which passed, indeed, but left an ache.

    Robert Orange Being a Continuation of the History of Robert Orange

  • Little painters are always choosing their subjects and explaining that this or that may be pretty or interesting, but they will tell you it is "unpaintable"

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 06 Little Journeys to the Homes of Eminent Artists

  • Second, Mr. Tuymans has dealt with some of the most dire episodes of modern history — notably the unspeakable (and unpaintable?) deeds of Nazi Germany, the racist cruelties of European colonialism, and 9/11 and its after-effects — all of which are represented here.

    Can My Colleagues Be Serious?

  • Andy's face was an almost unpaintable mixture of glee and understanding.

    To The Hilt

  • Millet was scorned in his day because he painted country clods in his pictures, stupid, boorish, unpaintable, unfit for the drawing room; and today the class who scorned them would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to possess them.

    Two Views of Canadian Art

  • She pressed his arm, while a score of unpaintable, delicate hues stained her cheeks in rapid transition.

    A Voyage to Arcturus

  • Lightmark had found it quite useless to protest, well as he knew that the ordinary French milliner can be warranted to succeed in producing a garment almost as unpaintable as a masculine black frock-coat.

    A Comedy of Masks A Novel

  • IT was an hour before sunrise at Tolchaco and Bauer had awakened from a restful sleep and from the place where he lay in the Council Hogan he noted with pure enjoyment the splendid colour of the sky framed in the opening, the exquisite blending from the pearly grey into the unpaintable, soft moving colours that he had looked at with growing awe during many wonderful mornings in July.

    The High Calling

  • Twice he was heaved, kicked, and shouldered back again into the unpaintable inferno of a hotly contested charge.

    Life's Handicap

  • Oh, Saint Cupido, what vanity is this, to essay to paint the unpaintable!

    The God of Love


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