Definitions for painterlyˈpeɪn tər li
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paint•er•lyˈpeɪn tər li(adj.)
characterized by the rendering of forms and images in terms of color or tonal relations rather than contour or line.
Category: Fine Arts
of or characteristic of a painter.
Origin of painterly:
having qualities unique to the art of painting
Characteristic of a painter or paintings.
Having clear brush-strokes.
like a painter's work
Painterliness is a concept based on the German term malerisch, a word popularized by Swiss art historian Heinrich Wölfflin in order to help focus, enrich and standardize the terms being used by art historians of his time to characterize works of art. It is the opposite of linear, plastic or formal linear design. An oil painting is painterly when there are visible brushstrokes, the result of applying paint in a less than completely controlled manner, generally without closely following carefully drawn lines. Works characterized as either painterly or linear can be produced with any painting media, oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, etc. Some artists whose work could be characterized as painterly are Pierre Bonnard, Francis Bacon, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Renoir, and John Singer Sargent. In watercolor it might be represented by the early watercolors of Andrew Wyeth. In contrast, linear could describe the painting of artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Ingres, whose works depend on creating the illusion of a degree of three-dimensionality by means of "modeling the form" through skillful drawing, shading, and an academic rather than impulsive use of color. Contour and pattern are more in the province of the linear artists, while dynamism is the most common trait of painterly works.
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