Definition of coloristic in US English:


(British colouristic)


  • 1Showing special use of color.

    ‘his great coloristic wallpapers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Isn't his work repellent in its madness, whatever the colouristic skill of the paintings, whatever the occasional sublimity of the prose?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 brushwork is exuberantly coloristic, the palette composed of delicately keyed harmonies of rose and coral, cool aquamarines, frothy whites, pale golds, and blues.’
    • ‘The overall coloristic neutrality of the painting is anchored by the red table where the sewing machine rests.’
    1. 1.1 Having or showing a variety of musical or vocal expression.
      ‘the choir's coloristic resources’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are times when the voices come to the forefront, but Gubaidulina treats them mostly in a coloristic and fragmentary fashion.’
      • ‘Serenade had the most beautiful coloristic touches.’
      • ‘Indeed the orchestral nature of Bax's lush, colouristic music was something which appealed to Wass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His fragmentary scoring for choir and colouristic use of percussion elevates the solo cellist to high priest and turns the piece into a concerto.’
      • ‘Her soprano has winning qualities of freshness and purity, but the voice, at least as she uses it, has little coloristic or emotional variety.’