One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The technique of painting with thin, transparent watercolours (as distinct from gouache)‘a cover illustrated in aquarelle’
- ‘She studied Graphic Art in Munich and during a three year-stay in California continued work-study in aquarelle, printing and ceramics.’
- ‘In order to be topical, the exhibited painters were given the option of working with water-based techniques (acrylic, aquarelle, tempera, etc.).’
- ‘She left Palestine in 1913 to study agriculture at Toulouse University, but on her way there she stopped for some months in Italy to study aquarelle.’
- ‘She dedicated several years looking for new techniques and studying aquarelle, which can have, for an artist, the same potential than the much more concrete oil technique.’
- ‘He studied aquarelle in London and went to Italy on Scholarship.’
- 1.1count noun A painting made using the technique of aquarelle.
- ‘In her tiny showing, her rose paintings seem as wispy as the aquarelles of some cooing Edwardian maiden lady celebrating the beauties of copse and dell.’
- ‘It is indeed a masterpiece of delicate and polished orchestration and as he said, an aquarelle by a great landscape painter.’
- ‘Trembling in every limb, hot and cold by turns, we bid for and carried off the aquarelle.’
- ‘Along with teaching he made graphics and painted aquarelles of small-town views and landscapes.’
- ‘A long month later he returned my description and aquarelle of ‘rossica Nabokov’ with only two words scribbled on the back of my letter; ‘bucovinensis Hormuzaki.’’
Mid 19th century: from French, from Italian acquarella ‘watercolour’, diminutive of acqua, from Latin aqua ‘water’.
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