of, pertaining 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.

1580–90; painter1 + -ly Unabridged
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painterly (ˈpeɪntəlɪ)
1.  Compare linear having qualities peculiar to painting, esp the depiction of shapes by means of solid masses of colour, rather than by lines
2.  of or characteristic of a painter; artistic

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Example sentences
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.
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