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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brushwork

Contemporary Examples of brushwork

  • Now we can see the wonderful looseness of his brushwork as well.

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    The Unknown Masterpiece

    Blake Gopnik

    November 25, 2013

Historical Examples of brushwork

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for brushwork



a characteristic manner of applying paint with a brushthat is not Rembrandt's brushwork
work done with a brush
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