- of, relating 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.
Origin of painterly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for painterly
Whatever else anyone may say about him, he had probably the most painterly eye of any movie director.Monument Valley From the Eyes of a Krazy Kat and John Ford Fan
February 3, 2012
Together, they're a portrait of Hopper—an assortment of memories and places organized around his cinematic and painterly eye.Dennis Hopper's Cinematic Art
July 13, 2010
- having qualities peculiar to painting, esp the depiction of shapes by means of solid masses of colour, rather than by linesCompare linear (def. 5)
- of or characteristic of a painter; artistic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012