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[bruhsh-wurk] /ˈbrʌʃˌwɜrk/
the use of a brush as a tool, as in painting.
Fine Arts. the surface quality of a painting produced by the distribution of pigment with a brush.
work for which a brush is used, as painting.
Origin of brushwork
1865-70; brush1 + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for brushwork
  • As drugs took control of her hands, the surface of her paintings became rough, her brushwork agitated.
  • And whether in his feeling for the linear in itself, or for color or brushwork, he is a maestro.
  • The brushwork is never virtuosic for virtuosity's sake, by the way.
  • The color is muddy, the brushwork scratchily dutiful, the images static and postcard-ish.
  • The brushwork in sketchy strokes gives it a modernist touch that is now highly appreciated.
  • The colors are pale, and the brushwork lacks the swirl that can render the pictures of that year irresistible.
  • She has captured fleeting moments of light and feeling through luminous and powerful colors and expressive brushwork.
  • Their characteristic broken or flickering brushwork was particularly effective in capturing the fleeting quality of light.
  • His spontaneous brushwork, rather than the subject, becomes the focus of the painting.
  • Her brushwork is open and sketchy, and she favors a strong compositional structure over pictorial detail.
British Dictionary definitions for brushwork


a characteristic manner of applying paint with a brush: that is not Rembrandt's brushwork
work done with a brush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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