impasto

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n impasto painting that applies the pigment thickly so that brush or palette knife marks are visible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impasto (Paint) The thickness of the layer or body of pigment applied by the painter to his canvas with especial reference to the juxtaposition of different colors and tints in forming a harmonious whole.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impasto In painting, the thick laying on of pigments. Compare impaste, 2.
    • n impasto In ceramics, enamel colors or slip laid so thickly on the ware, in decoration, as to stand out from its surface in relief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Impasto in painting, the thick laying on of pigments
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Impaste
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. impastārein, into, pasta, paste.

Usage

In literature:

He is the ghost of the painter's impasto.
"The Celt and Saxon, Complete" by George Meredith
The chiaroscuro is admirable: the impasto is perfect.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
This picture was covered with pure white, in impasto, a method dear to impressionists.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
In a photograph you are not disturbed by colour, or by impasto.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
His early works were rather free in impasto, the late ones smooth and shiny, in imitation of Raphael.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
Those earlier and heavy impasto studies of his are the evidence of this worthy deduction.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
His touch is of great delicacy; his impasto admirable.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
His brushwork and impasto were quite exceptional.
"Art Principles" by Ernest Govett
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In news:

He used impasto, a technique involving the thick application of paint, to create his highly textured portraits.
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