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oil painting

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noun
  1. the art or technique of painting with oil colors.
  2. a painting executed in oil colors.
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Origin of oil painting

First recorded in 1775–85
Related formsoil painter, noun
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Examples from the Web for oil painting

Historical Examples

  • I go in for oil-painting, for instance, and that is the despair of my family.

    Rene Mauperin

    Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt

  • This is the art of colouring a photograph so as to imitate an oil-painting.

  • Lely was nearly as famous for crayon work as for oil-painting.

  • He assigned to her an elegant apartment, in which hung the only oil-painting of himself.

  • We were received in rooms with tables and chairs, and an oil-painting!

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes


British Dictionary definitions for oil painting

oil painting

noun
  1. a picture painted with oil paints
  2. the art or process of painting with oil paints
  3. he's no oil painting informal he is not good-looking
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