bistre

bistre

[bis-ter]
noun
1.
a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood, often used in pen and wash drawings.
2.
a yellowish to dark-brown color.
Also, bister.


Origin:
1720–30; < French, Middle French, of obscure origin

bistred, adjective
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bistre or (US) bister (ˈbɪstə)
 
n
1.  a transparent water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling the soot of wood, used for pen and wash drawings
2.  a.  a yellowish-brown to dark brown colour
 b.  (as modifier): bistre paint
 
[C18: from French, of unknown origin]
 
bister or (US) bister
 
n
 
[C18: from French, of unknown origin]

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bistre

brown pigment made from boiling the soot of wood. Because bistre is transparent and has no body, it is frequently used in conjunction with pen and ink drawings as a wash, a liquid spread evenly to suggest shadows, and is especially associated with the appearance of the typical "old master drawing."

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