Definition of brushwork in US English:



  • The way in which painters use their brush, as evident in their paintings.

    ‘canvases characterized by lively, flowing brushwork’
    • ‘The brushwork is fresh and lively, the texture of the paper leaving unsaturated textures and tactile, expressive shapes.’
    • ‘Messer's artist portraits are animated by freewheeling brushwork, spurts of color and comic psychology.’
    • ‘His works are known for their strong sense of design, bold use of color, and lively brushwork.’
    • ‘The stylization of the Lichtenstein, as well as its humorous deflation of expressive brushwork, is echoed in Fukui's own approach to realism.’
    • ‘At a technical level, Kitaj admires ‘his increasingly free, bright brushwork which owes a debt to fauvist Matisse’.’
    • ‘Manet visualized brushwork and emphasized on the flat surface pattern, he guided the viewer to see the merely pigment on a piece of canvas.’
    • ‘A nocturnal theme is worked out in the flat but vigorous brushwork of a number of paintings included in all these exhibitions, and in the prints as well.’
    • ‘Instead, he often chose subjects from the kitchen table and gave them their own character through expressive brushwork and bold colors.’
    • ‘His distinctive brushwork is particularly evident in representations of foliage and tree trunks.’
    • ‘It was his use of bright colours with sketchy brushwork that gave his paintings a feeling of the open-air landscape, directly captured with each stroke for an unending moment.’
    • ‘Unlike the other Scottish Colourists, he was initially less influenced by Post-Impressionism and Fauvism than by the tradition of virtuoso brushwork stemming from Manet.’
    • ‘The term refers to freehand brushwork in traditional Chinese painting characterized by vivid expression and bold outlines.’
    • ‘On his return to Amsterdam by c. 1562, he became one of the earliest artists to introduce to the Netherlands the rich colours and painterly brushwork of Venetian painting.’
    • ‘The painting features rapid and authoritative brushwork, and the brownish palette of Washington.’
    • ‘I admire Vivace, a tour de force of explosive brushwork and festive colour painted back in 1988.’
    • ‘His quick brushwork fits the scale of this painting, and the figure's plaintive expression is personally revealing, engaging and convincing.’
    • ‘The brushwork is impressionistic, with jewelry only suggested by bright dots of color.’
    • ‘His paintings are always characterized by active brushwork and a strong sense of color and form.’
    • ‘This illusionism is contradicted by brushwork highlighting the front picture plane or establishing ambiguous layers of space lying beyond.’
    • ‘El Greco's Jeronimo de Cevallos, with its slightly blurred focus and vigorous brushwork, anticipates techniques to be used by Velazquez in his paintings of dwarfs and buffoons.’