Definition of brushstroke in English:



  • 1The stroke of a brush, especially a hair brush or paintbrush.

    1. 1.1The mark or effect created by this.
      ‘an errant brushstroke doesn't necessarily destroy a painting’
      • ‘Instead of opaque panes, the windows are translucent, gray, shimmering surfaces built up with thick, juicy brushstrokes that dance in the light, through which it seems one could see to the other side.’
      • ‘In Golden Bird House, a similarly disconcerting picture, scumbled ocher brushstrokes fill the sky behind a white turretlike construction resting atop a pole.’
      • ‘Vermeer's dreamy interior light and Manet's poised brushstrokes are beautifully rendered, and Bierk even duplicates the cracking of paint.’
      • ‘His hearts are each accompanied by inspirational verbiage, and he says no two paintings are the same - each bears its colors and brushstrokes like a fingerprint.’
      • ‘They inspired a series of powerful Expressionist landscapes, with heavy brushstrokes and vivid colours, in which he first developed a personal style.’
      • ‘He often employed a personal technique: feathering his surfaces on the top layer with small white brushstrokes, which delicately muffle the colors underneath.’
      • ‘Streaking across the varnished canvases, the reflections reveal tiny cracks, vigorous brushstrokes and traces of impasto, and generate a tension between painterly substance and photographic flatness.’
      • ‘The old subject matter leaves its indelible traces in the very material of Williams's art, in her brushstrokes themselves.’
      • ‘As light passes across the surfaces you can see the evenly applied brushstrokes of the final layer, but the specifics of this technique do not become the focus of your experience.’
      • ‘Holliday always appears to begin with feathery, illusionistic brushstrokes that suggest an expansive, cinematic space and then improvises over them with a repertoire of painterly conventions.’
      • ‘The stained, dilapidated ceiling yields its representational clarity to the intensity of the wandering linear brushstrokes and bruised colors that define its unusual topography.’
      • ‘His portraits are of heroes, both known and unknown, and his technique relies on a range of influences, including the swirling brushstrokes of Van Gogh, the skillful drawings of Degas and the pop stylings of Peter Max.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her surfaces have the peeling roughness of a decayed fresco; her urgent brushstrokes resemble callused fingers.’
      • ‘He sees the brushstrokes on the surface and knows how to copy them, but because he doesn't understand their underlying purpose he ends up being only a clumsy and ultimately damaging imitation when he tries to craft a painting of his own.’
      • ‘Soon, this same planar element reappeared in some of her paintings and watercolors as a squarish brushstroke, abstracting the shape of flowers.’
      • ‘Influenced by artists Robert Motherwell and Joan Mitchell, McClymont uses the strong, gestural brushstrokes of the post-war Abstract Expressionists.’
      • ‘Almost entirely covered with neatly cut pieces of found printed paper, the surfaces are also streaked with linear brushstrokes and small passages of transparent washes.’
      • ‘The first painting, Figure 1, is particularly intriguing because of the contrast between the flat eggshell blue background and the more agitated and painterly brushstrokes describing the figure of a woman.’
      • ‘The finished work is executed on hot-press watercolor paper with controlled brushstrokes on a dampened surface.’
  • 2An individual action that contributes to an overall effect or work.

    ‘you write in broad, inaccurate brushstrokes, and seem incapable of grasping the meaning of your own words’
    • ‘Sea Change is deadly serious, meant to invoke its spirit in broad brushstrokes of dark grey and black.’
    • ‘While the scenes may be read from afar, up close the paramount impression is of individual brushstrokes.’
    • ‘His choreography may be painted in broad brushstrokes, but it makes sense.’
    • ‘I understand that he can't reveal anything compromising here, but some broad brushstrokes would be instructive.’
    • ‘Pinning down broad brushstrokes of belief across the whole community is extremely hard - yet why do I find just as much (if not more) intolerance here than in any other religion?’
    • ‘We are promised a profound investigation of America's post-Cold War behavior, written by an aficionado of the broad brushstroke.’
    • ‘Such grand visions notwithstanding, the New Left's adherents don't have a unified ideology beyond the broad brushstrokes or a coherent set of alternate policies.’
    • ‘She can be seen to immerse herself too much in the detail, failing to communicate with a broad political brushstroke.’
    • ‘This is the broad brushstrokes of how I think things will turn out.’
    • ‘He is the first to admit he is great on ideas, on broad brushstrokes, but easily bored and frustrated by minutiae and procedures.’
    • ‘Dhawan translates primarily through his broad calculated brushstrokes and limited palette.’
    • ‘It certainly highlights the shifts in management style in big broad brushstrokes.’
    • ‘To do more than give broad brushstrokes would be depriving you of the exposition the film gives in its own time.’
    • ‘McCreery's approach is to preface each section with some quite broad brushstrokes of social and political history, but to allow the commentary of the HILL reports to stand alone after these introductions to the topic.’
    • ‘Unlike Mr. Szepvolgi, I've made an effort to get to know my fellow Calgarians instead of painting them with the same broad brushstroke.’
    • ‘An artist hoping to add a splash of colour to the York campaign has outlined his vision in broad brushstrokes.’
    • ‘The reader will search in vain for the generals and explorers who garlanded her age, politicians are introduced sparingly and great events such as the Crimean War are given broad brushstrokes.’
    • ‘However, it seems to me that both cultures are represented only with the broadest, most stereotypical brushstrokes.’