Definition of painting in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or skill of using paint, either in a picture or as decoration.

    ‘pastels require a different approach to painting’
    • ‘Seeing and knowing could not be made congruent in mimetic painting.’
    • ‘The image becomes abstract, but is evocative of specific styles of modernist painting.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the work is about contemporary photography, not historical painting.’
    • ‘At first concentrating on drawing, he eventually gravitated toward painting and collage.’
    • ‘Less well developed are the arts of painting, sculpture, and carving.’
    • ‘He later worked as a graphic designer and taught drawing and painting to children.’
    • ‘The work attests to the artist's faith in both the craft of painting and the spiritual capacity of art.’
    • ‘For example, in art we are familiar with the genres of painting, drawing, sculpture and engraving.’
    • ‘He also suggests the distance we have come from earlier traditions of modernist painting.’
    • ‘The Suprematists took the art of painting and porcelain making to the ultimate extreme of complete abstraction, using the geometrical forms of the square, circle and cross.’
    • ‘Some Sherpas have developed skills in religious painting and in liturgical chanting.’
    • ‘This is partly to be explained by the decline of narrative painting as a vigorous art form in Australia; the medium of film has to a large degree superseded this art form.’
    • ‘As nearly all forms of art, early painting had been under the influence of the Chinese culture.’
    • ‘As for the rest of the team, they celebrate the art of painting in water colours.’
    • ‘The art of painting, many artists believed, ought to have grander aspirations.’
    • ‘Pradeep developed his art of painting and sketching with no formal training or schooling.’
    • ‘The statement invites generalization to all of modernist painting.’
    • ‘After studying painting and graphic design locally, he went to the United States to further his art education.’
    • ‘The second batch will be trained in pencil drawing, watercolour painting, oil painting and acrylic painting.’
    • ‘The art of painting icons has its origins in the Byzantine empire of the sixth and seventh century.’
    1. 1.1count noun A painted picture.
      ‘an oil painting’
      • ‘The museum is a collection of paintings, posters and artwork all in the name of peace.’
      • ‘She takes him to view Gustav Klimt's painting of Danae.’
      • ‘He gave many of his sketches and paintings as gifts to doctors, nurses and hospital staff.’
      • ‘As the years go by people forget where paintings are and they become lost to the art world.’
      • ‘Mack will be creating a new sculpture based on this painting, also with the cooperation of Liang.’
      • ‘He will see four of his paintings hanging on the walls, including one, pictured, of a cat.’
      • ‘The title of Paul Gauguin's well-known painting makes a handy list of questions that researchers hope to answer by studying supernovae.’
      • ‘His magazine illustrations and the drawings he made for his paintings have much in common.’
      • ‘Certainly we must attempt to interpret great paintings in a way which makes them accessible.’
      • ‘Yet people do still make a pilgrimage to see Leonardo's original painting in the Louvre.’
      • ‘I've been inspired by a colleague who has a house full of lovely paintings and sculptures.’
      • ‘The same group of pupils have also had their drawings and paintings displayed in a supermarket.’
      • ‘Her original paintings and prints soon began to help raise funds for charities.’
      • ‘Mr Scobie said he lost track of how many people came to view paintings and buy prints and cards on Saturday.’
      • ‘His paintings are said to be the most collectible of all artists living today.’
      • ‘At that time, Talbot sought to turn the medium of photography into a dignified art form like painting had been.’
      • ‘I tried last year and had one of my paintings hung at the exhibition but I didn't win anything.’
      • ‘On display will be a selection of paintings, ceramics and textile arts all of which will be on sale.’
      • ‘I followed him up the narrow steps to the museum, where walls were crammed with paintings.’
      • ‘Her original training was as an artist and some of her paintings can be seen in her home.’
      picture, illustration, portrayal, depiction, delineation, representation, likeness, image, sketch, cartoon, artwork
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