alla prima

alla prima

[ah-luh pree-muh]
noun Fine Arts.
a painting technique in which a canvas is completed in one session, often having a thickly applied impasto.

Origin:
< Italian: literally, at the first

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alla prima (ˈɑːlɑː ˈpriːmə)
 
adj
(of a painting) painted with a single layer of paint, in contrast to paintings built up layer by layer
 
[C19: from Italian: at once]

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