Definition of painterly in English:

painterly

adjective

  • 1Of or appropriate to a painter; artistic.

    ‘she has a painterly eye’
    • ‘Frankenthaler has returned to prints at many stages in her career, despite the fact that prints would seem to be the medium least sympathetic to her painterly style.’
    • ‘This latest show, however, confirms that his art is still resolutely factual and transparent, and his commitment to a kind of painterly formalism undiminished.’
    • ‘A good part of Foss's achievement over the years is to have developed a painterly realist style she can call her own.’
    • ‘The most significant departure from this painterly orthodoxy is his shift from canvas to blocks made of plaster or wood.’
    • ‘Louise Fishman's recent exhibition reinforced her reputation as a painter unafraid to both carry on and challenge the traditions of painterly abstraction.’
    • ‘As Denton and Une vie mystique illustrate, Cisse works in a theatrical painterly style, juxtaposing seemingly disparate subjects and images.’
    • ‘Elizabeth O'Reilly is a painterly realist who conveys her perceptions of reality via personalized line, color and brushstroke.’
    • ‘Fresh painterly qualities enhance McFarlin's power to situate us in ‘Netherworlds.’’
    • ‘Interestingly, for all Rauch's fractious subject matter, his painterly touch isn't turbulent at all, but instead measured, calm and neat.’
    • ‘Discovered at the end of the eighteenth century, lithography allows artists to make painterly expressive marks.’
    • ‘His painterly interpretations of place and moment are bolstered by an alert formalism and a chromatic appetite that often induce him to take color harmonics to their limits.’
    • ‘Several of the leaves morph into real green brushstrokes, one of numerous instances where photographic reproduction blends with a hands-on painterly touch.’
    • ‘To his detractors, Guston symbolized the regression of American culture, its surrender of serious painterly values to the vulgar sirens of mass culture.’
    • ‘Cleary is not a painterly artist; indeed, she goes to great effort to conceal her method of execution.’
    • ‘He is certainly painterly in his style, building up a web of images yet leaving the reader to their own observations.’
    • ‘Here, being true to nature enables Shemesh to record a dazzling array of painterly gestures, some of them squarely within the tradition of Abstract Expressionism.’
    • ‘Foss here presents us with a summa of the painterly realist effort in her gentle abstracting of landscape form and color that goes for the soul.’
    • ‘The paint is always thick, and Spruell's painterly touch is rather blunt (to the point of being terse).’
    • ‘The painterly realists who directly succeeded the Action painters in the '60s and '70s might seem like Brewster's natural neighbors.’
    • ‘Saito prepares even grounds in pale though not pastel - colors, upon which he proceeds to work the time-honored alchemy of painterly expression.’
    1. 1.1 (of a painting or its style) characterized by qualities of colour, stroke, and texture rather than of line.
      ‘Botticelli is a linear painter, whilst Rembrandt's work would be considered painterly’
      • ‘There is a spontaneity, a wonderful painterly quality that bridges several techniques and makes them unlike other mediums.’
      • ‘Today, he is well known for his vibrant color floral prints which have a painterly quality.’
      • ‘The following year Krasner abruptly changed direction, returning to a sensuous painterly style in which human, animal, and plant forms play prominent roles.’
      • ‘Aware of the abstractions of Rothko, Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still, Guston moved alongside them, exploring colour, space and painterly touch alone.’
      • ‘I believe he used ‘dots’ to create the image rather than traditional painterly styles.’
      • ‘It cannot be seen at face value, as merely the making of a valid work of art out of anything that is at hand, its graphic and painterly qualities notwithstanding.’
      • ‘In seeking to stay current, he ignored his greatest strengths - the expressivity of his drawn line and painterly touch.’
      • ‘There is an earthy, almost painterly, quality to Wright's mark-making.’
      • ‘Trygve's compositions are concerned with painterly colours and a gradual shifting of texture.’
      • ‘His use of the double exposure contributes to this painterly feel by rendering an outline of second colour, giving his photographs their depth and lustre.’
      • ‘There is a painterly quality to the finish of the fruit, the sensuous surfaces sprayed and brushed in gradual layers from light to dark.’
      • ‘By means of these assured yet quivering lines, she transposes the painterly flourishes of the original paintings into crisp, staccato markings.’
      • ‘It was like someone had dipped a paintbrush into the potato, wiped off the excess and then artistically brushed it over the plate in a painterly style, perhaps like early Picasso, or Van Gogh.’
      • ‘From a few steps back the images, like Caravaggio, seem somewhat clear and tight; with your nose in the painting, the fluid painterly qualities come to the fore.’
      • ‘In the 1930s, Heliker made landscapes in a Cezannesque painterly style.’
      • ‘The images have a soft-focus painterly quality, bringing to mind the paintings of both Gerhard Richter and Chuck Close.’
      • ‘They had in common the repudiation of such painterly qualities as expressive brush strokes and personalized facture.’
      • ‘Individual values were then augmented by the Zone System without risk of retracing the Pictorialist's penchant for broad painterly strokes.’
      • ‘His pen-and-ink medium now includes heavy doses of watercolor, making painterly qualities more emphatic.’
      • ‘The expanse of its textured surface is unashamedly painterly, but the bold and sweeping brushstrokes to the left and right of the canvas are tempered by intricate central sections.’

Pronunciation

painterly

/ˈpeɪntəli/