Definition of coloristic in US English:


(British colouristic)


  • 1Showing special use of color.

    ‘his great coloristic wallpapers’
    • ‘She had the colouristic sensibility of an English watercolourist, with the ability to evoke spatial extension, often with something mysterious and luminous going on in the water or the sky.’
    • ‘In some of Leonardo's other paintings he experimented with atmospheric or aerial perspective, a coloristic device giving the impression of realistic depth in the portrayal of landscapes.’
    • ‘Isn't his work repellent in its madness, whatever the colouristic skill of the paintings, whatever the occasional sublimity of the prose?’
    • ‘Yet there is no diminishing of the compositional or coloristic energy he applies to his round-the-house renderings of family, friends and domestic animals.’
    • ‘His skill at rendering the effects of light is exemplified in the coloristic use of shades of white, lavender, and gray.’
    • ‘They were the first to use diluted glaze for colouristic effect, contrasting it with the sharper, denser relief glaze line.’
    • ‘He was the main and practically only channel through whom this subtle colouristic tradition was sustained in America until a new interest was taken in it in the 1940s by younger artists such as Rothko and Gottlieb.’
    • ‘The overall coloristic neutrality of the painting is anchored by the red table where the sewing machine rests.’
    • ‘The brushwork is exuberantly coloristic, the palette composed of delicately keyed harmonies of rose and coral, cool aquamarines, frothy whites, pale golds, and blues.’
    • ‘Goethe's scientific interest in color was inspired by the natural optical phenomena and the coloristic traditions of Renaissance painting that he encountered during his first journey to Italy.’
    1. 1.1 Having or showing a variety of musical or vocal expression.
      ‘the choir's coloristic resources’
      • ‘His fragmentary scoring for choir and colouristic use of percussion elevates the solo cellist to high priest and turns the piece into a concerto.’
      • ‘Schiff draws on all the resources of a modern grand, making his points with a wide range of coloristic, rhythmic, and articulative gestures that always establish the equilibrium that makes Bach's world turn so flawlessly.’
      • ‘Her soprano has winning qualities of freshness and purity, but the voice, at least as she uses it, has little coloristic or emotional variety.’
      • ‘In the late 1980s, to the ears of an angry young man, a lot of English music seemed to concentrate on colouristic dynamism, display of technique, and filling time with rapid successions of clever sonic gestures.’
      • ‘Serenade had the most beautiful coloristic touches.’
      • ‘There are times when the voices come to the forefront, but Gubaidulina treats them mostly in a coloristic and fragmentary fashion.’
      • ‘Indeed the orchestral nature of Bax's lush, colouristic music was something which appealed to Wass.’
      • ‘They are just as observant of dynamic, expressive and colouristic detail, but the sound they make, enhanced by beautiful state-of-the-art recording, is much easier on the ear.’