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impasto

[im-pas-toh, -pah-stoh] /ɪmˈpæs toʊ, -ˈpɑ stoʊ/
noun, Painting.
1.
the laying on of paint thickly.
2.
the paint so laid on.
3.
enamel or slip applied to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief.
Origin of impasto
1775-1785
1775-85; < Italian, noun derivative of impastare to impaste
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Examples from the web for impasto
  • These are skilful works with impressionistic brush-strokes and rich impasto.
  • Casein paint is used on paper or board for light impasto, underpainting, and wall decoration.
  • It is relatively thinly applied with a certain amount of impasto in the flowers and some highlights.
  • The flattened impasto is, presumably, a consequence of previous treatments.
  • The impasto is rich and dense, pure paint heavily worked on the canvas.
British Dictionary definitions for impasto

impasto

/ɪmˈpæstəʊ/
noun
1.
paint applied thickly, so that brush and palette knife marks are evident
2.
the technique of applying paint in this way
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from impastare; see impaste
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Word Origin and History for impasto
n.

laying on of colors thickly," 1784, from Italian impasto, noun of action from impastare "to raise paste; to put in paste," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + pasta "paste" (see pasta).

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