One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to a manner of painting characterized more by the merging of colours than by the more formal linear style; painterly.
1930s; earliest use found in The Burlington Magazine. From German malerisch in the manner of a painter, picturesque, after H. Wölfflin's use in Kunstgeschichtliche Grundbegriffe from Maler painter + -isch.
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