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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
First recorded in 1865-70; brush1 + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • These two are very fine and bold, in composition and brushwork.

    Luca Signorelli

    Maud Cruttwell
  • The brushwork, and that uncannily clever characterisation, were unmistakable.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • The colours are greyish, the brushwork feeble, and expressionless faces match the ashen pallor of the skin.

    Franz Hals Edgcumbe Staley
  • Smithers' picture of a young mother seconding a resolution at a meeting of a Board of Guardians is magnificent, as brushwork.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • The brushwork is indicated with much dash and bravura, in the manner of the painter as distinct from the print-designer.

    Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
  • Also the old passionate vigour of brushwork disappears in the new technique—a loss that seems a grave one.

    Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
  • Its technique departed from the sacred traditions of Kano and Tosa brushwork and the inheritance of Chinese painting canons.

    Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
  • His style was elaborate, his use of colors skillful and striking, and his brushwork showed great delicacy and boldness combined.

    Japan Various
  • His brushwork became at once more refined, his colouring more transparent, and his method in every way more facile.

    Van Dyck Percy M. Turner
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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