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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.
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1. (Art Terms) having qualities peculiar to painting, esp the depiction of shapes by means of solid masses of colour, rather than by lines. Compare linear5
2. (Art Terms) of or characteristic of a painter; artistic
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(ˈpeɪn tər li)

1. characterized by the rendering of forms and images in terms of color or tonal relations rather than contour or line.
2. of or characteristic of a painter.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.painterly - having qualities unique to the art of painting
beaux arts, fine arts - the study and creation of visual works of art
aesthetical, esthetic, esthetical, aesthetic - concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste; "the aesthetic faculties"; "an aesthetic person"; "aesthetic feeling"; "the illustrations made the book an aesthetic success"
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[ˈpeɪntəlɪ] ADJ [style, talents] → pictoricista
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adjmalerisch; his painterly talentsseine Begabung als Maler; Magritte’s prosaic painterly styleMagrittes prosaischer Malstil; a painterly effectein gemalter Effekt
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The persistence of this new painterly paradigm, from Kelly to Richter, and its emphasis on a painting's structural organization according to chance operations and noncompositionality prove that a historically necessary insight occurred in that period: namely, that the Surrealist aspirations for a psychic automatism of unconscious libidinal liberation could not be credibly secularized or politicized any further but had to be canceled altogether, since the constitution of the subject and its unconscious formations could no longer claim to be exempt from any of the social systems of linguistic and scmiotic control.
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The final painterly conception is entirely his own, and is apparently what drove his creation of the photos in the first place.
The effect is both painterly and dreamy and looked stunning on 35mm film, projected on the large screen at a local commercial theatre.
Huene, who had learned from the master Edward Steichen, introduced Horst to painterly influences like Van Dyck, Vermeer, and Ingres as well as the reality-manipulating surrealists, many of whom shared Paris as their home.
There is, undoubtedly, a painterly quality about the yellow aluminium with two finishes of stone (vertical surfaces), and the tilted grey aluminium strips --the light monitors' southerly face -- inserted amid striations of green grass (horizontal canvas or roofscape).
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In contrast to the "speakerly text" Henry Louis Gates describes as characteristic of fiction growing out of the African American folk idiom, Major's poetry typically offers instead what might be called a "painterly text" - one that presents readers with a complex collage of historical, literary, and philosophical allusions, street talk, cartoons, puns, folk tales, children's songs, advertising slogans, and references to international locales.
The painterly approach; an artist's guide to seeing, painting and expressing.