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painterly

[peyn-ter-lee]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a painter.
  2. 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.
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Origin of painterly

First recorded in 1580–90; painter1 + -ly
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painterly

adjective
  1. having qualities peculiar to painting, esp the depiction of shapes by means of solid masses of colour, rather than by linesCompare linear (def. 5)
  2. of or characteristic of a painter; artistic
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