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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a painter; artistic.
a. Having qualities unique to the art of painting.
b. Of, relating to, or being a style of painting marked by openness of form, with shapes distinguished by variations of color rather than by outline or contour.

paint′er·li·ness n.


the quality of being painterly
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Several of the pictures in the exhibition feature a swimming pool, and the recurrence of the image seems to tie together many of Hockney's concerns overall: the shifting relationship between painterliness and design in his work; the interest in forms of friendship and sociability; and the passion for bold colour and restless technical experiment.
In using the unusual technique of dye sublimation and his chosen surfaces of wooden and particle board panels, the artist renders an extraordinary visualisation of the subject with hints of painterliness, whose materiality raises questions of transience and decay.
In that regard, her painterliness is akin to that of the crusty veneer of an early Frank Auerbach or a late Lucien Freud, in which zones of paint help accentuate space, represent flesh, and suggest surface.
This is crucial, as the painterliness of Bacon's representation is often overlooked in exhibitions of his work in favour of thematic parallels.
The overlapping of one object by another is one of the most important devices for the achievement of painterliness, for it is recognized that the eye quickly tires of anything in a painting that can be fully grasped at first glance.
I wonder if painterliness is not meant to serve something beyond itself" (7).
I remember when I first started thinking about contemporary painting in the late '90s--there was a feeling that if you were to make something "painterly" it had to be a quote of what painterliness could represent.
But on closer inspection, you're pulled into the depths of Mackprang's deft color sense, and above all, her painterliness.
From certain professors at Surikov, Kabakov became acquainted with a style of Russian art known as "Cezannism," which, although officially forbidden, was a practice based on a particular interpretation of Cezanne's work that focused upon balance and painterliness.
Updike sees this opposition between "lininess" and painterliness throughout the history of American art, down to Roy Lichtenstein, with his sharp-edged pop art, and Andy Warhol, the devoted colorist.
I like the sensibility, the painterliness, and the scope, the sheer size of the canvases, the ambition.