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[peyn-ter-lee] /ˈpeɪn tər li/
of, relating to, or characteristic of a painter.
Fine Arts. characterized by qualities of color, stroke, or texture perceived as distinctive to the art of painting, especially the rendering of forms and images in terms of color or tonal relations rather than of contour or line.
Origin of painterly
1580-90; painter1 + -ly Unabridged
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  • Yet in the semi-abstract style he became famous for, the emotion and painterly knowledge are more veiled.
  • Wall's innovative use of the photographic medium is both painterly, and photo-journalistic, suggesting a snap of a moment.
  • But his subsequent monsters were strikingly original, combining menace with painterly beauty.
  • The whole work is a feat of resourceful painterly artifice.
  • But some of the pieces suffer from self-conscious sculptural or painterly flourishes.
  • Through all the stylistic variations in his work, what didn't change was his painterly touch.
  • Again and again, she arrives at old-fashioned painterly beauty, its ragged flag still flying.
  • In essence, it means that cinema has gone from being a photographic medium to a painterly one.
  • Bearden's monotypes demonstrate a loose, painterly style.
  • The richness of texture and color that pervade this collage surface suggests the painterly character of many late works.
British Dictionary definitions for painterly


having qualities peculiar to painting, esp the depiction of shapes by means of solid masses of colour, rather than by lines Compare linear (sense 5)
of or characteristic of a painter; artistic
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