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anamorphic relating to anamorphosis.
anamorphosis a distorted projection or drawing of anything, which appears normal when viewed from a particular point or by means of a suitable mirror.
anamorphous relating to anamorphosis.
aniconic symbolizing without aiming at resemblance.
aquarelle (Fr.) a method of painting in transparent watercolour; such a painting.
aquarellist an artist painting aquarelles.
aquatint a print made by a method of etching having the effect of watercolour drawing; (verb) to make an aquatint.
aquatinta a print made by a method of etching having the effect of watercolour drawing.
aquatinter one who works with aquatints.
aquatintist one who works with aquatints.
artmaker one that produces art.
artwork illustrative or decorative work in printed matter.
barocco (Ital.) a bold, vigorous, exuberant artistic style.
barock a bold, vigorous, exuberant artistic style.
baroque (Fr.) a bold, vigorous, exuberant artistic style (adj.) in baroque style
baroquely (Adv.) BAROQUE, in a bold, vigorous, exuberant artistic style.
battlepiece a painting, relief, mosaic, etc., depicting a battle, usually commemorating an actual event.
bepaint (Arch.) to paint over, to colour.
blottesque characterized by blots or heavy touches; coarsely depicted; (noun) a daub.
brushwork work done with a brush; a painter's individual manner of using the brush.
brutalism a style of art, architecture, etc. characterized by a deliberate crudity of design.
brutalist an exponent of brutalism, esp in art, architecture, or literature.
calligramme a design using the letters of a word.
caricatura (Ital.) a caricature.
caricatural like a caricature.
caricature to make or draw a caricature of.
caricaturist one who draws caricatures.
cartoon a comic or satirical drawing (verb) to draw a cartoon
cartoonish like a cartoon.
cartoonishly (Adv.) CARTOONISH, like a cartoon.
cartoonist one who draws cartoons.
cartoonlike like a cartoon.
cartoony resembling a cartoon.
chiaroscurism the practice of chiaroscuro.
chiaroscuro (Ital.) the quality of being veiled or partly in shadow.
claircolle a priming coat consisting of size or glue with whiting.
clearcole a priming coat consisting of size or glue with whiting; (verb) to coat with this.
cloudscape a view or pictorial representation of a cloud formation.
collage (Fr.) a picture made from scraps of paper and other odds and ends pasted up; (verb) to arrange materials in a collage.
collagist one who makes collages.
coloration the act of coloring; the state of being colored.
colorist a person who colours or paints; an artist who excels in the use of colour.
colourist a person who colours or paints; an artist who excels in the use of colour.
colouristic relating to a colourist.
colouristically (Adv.) COLOURISTIC, relating to a colourist.
colourwash a cheap form of distemper; (verb) to paint with this.
contorno (Ital.) a contour, an outline of a figure.
contrapposto a pose of the human body with hips, shoulders and head in different planes.
counterdraw to trace on oiled paper or other transparent material.
craquelure (Fr.) fine cracking that appears in old paintings.
crayon a pencil made of chalk, wax or pipeclay, variously coloured, used for drawing; (verb) to use a drawing implement.
crayonist one who draws in crayon.
croquis (Fr.) an outline or rough sketch.
cubism an artistic movement.
cubist relating to cubism, a modern movement in painting; (noun) a practitioner of cubism.
cubistic of or like cubism, a modern movement in painting.
cubistically (Adv.) CUBISTIC, of or like cubism.
dada an artistic movement.
dadaism an artistic movement.
dadaist an adherent of dadaism, an artistic movement.
dadaistic relating to the art movement Dadaism.
decal a specially prepared paper bearing a picture or design for transfer to wood, metal, glass, etc; (verb) to transfer by this means.
decalcomania the art of transferring a design from paper to another surface.
delineavit (Lat.) he or she drew this, added to an artist's signature.
depaint (Spenser) to paint.
depeinct (Spenser) to paint.
depict to portray.
depicter one who depicts.
depictive relating to depiction.
depictor one who depicts.
depicture (Arch.) to depict.
destemper (Obs.) to distemper, in the paint sense.
diagraph an instrument for enlarging or projecting drawings.
diagraphic pertaining to a diagraph, an instrument for enlarging or projecting drawings.
diorama (Greek) an exhibition of translucent pictures seen through an opening with lighting effects.
dioramic pertaining to a diorama, an exhibition of translucent pictures seen through an opening with lighting effects.
diptyca a pair of pictures on hinged panels.
diptych a pair of pictures on hinged panels.
distemper a kind of paint; (verb) to paint or colour with distemper.
divisionism pointillism.
divisionist a practitioner of divisionism.
doodle a scribble; (verb) to draw or scribble aimlessly.
duotone a drawing etc. done in two tones or colours.
ebauche (Fr.) a rough draught or sketch.
eglomise (Fr.) made of glass with a picture painted on the back; (noun) the technique of gilding the back of a sheet of glass.
encaustic having the colours burned in (noun) an ancient method of painting in melted wax; a piece of pottery or other article decorated in this way
encaustically (Adv.) ENCAUSTIC.
engraver one that engraves.
engravery (Obs.) the trade or work of an engraver.
facture the quality of the execution of a painting; an artist's characteristic handling of the paint.
fauve (Fr.) an exponent of the art movement fauvism.
fauvism (Fr.) a school of art noted for bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors.
fauvist one who paints in the style of fauvism.
fresco (Ital.) painting on fresh, moist plaster with earth colors dissolved in water; (verb) to paint on fresh moist plaster.
frescoer one who paints frescos.
frescoist one who paints frescos.
fumetto (Ital.) a cartoon or comic strip.
fusain (Fr.) fine charcoal used in drawing.
futurism an artistic movement.
futurist a proponent of futurism.
futuristic of or relating to futurism, an artistic movement.
futuristically (Adv.) FUTURISTIC, of or relating to futurism, an artistic movement.
gesso (Ital.) plaster of Paris used in painting.
gessoed coated with gesso.
glair egg-white used as medium for binding paint (verb) to coat with egg-white
gouache (Fr.) painting with gum-based opaque water colors.
gradate to grade or arrange.
graffiti to inscribe with graffiti.
graffito (Ital.) a mural scribbling or drawing.
graphic of or pertaining to the arts of painting and drawing.
graphical of or pertaining to the arts of painting and drawing.
graphically (Adv.) GRAPHICAL, of or pertaining to the arts of painting and drawing.
graphicly (Adv.) GRAPHIC, of or pertaining to the arts of painting and drawing.
grisaille (Fr.) a painting in tones of a single color, esp gray, to represent objects in relief.
guilloche (Fr.) to decorate with intersecting curved lines.
hardedge in art, the use of bright areas of colour with sharp defined edges.
helicograph an instrument for drawing spirals on a plane.
ichnographic relating to the ichnography, the making of ground plans.
ichnography the art of drawing ground plans.
imagism an early 20C school of poetry aiming at concentration, clear and simple language, and freedom of form and subject.
imagistic relating to imagism, the artistic doctrine of the use of precise images with unrestricted subject matter.
imagistically (Adv.) IMAGISTIC, relating to imagism.
impaint (Shakesp.) to paint or depict.
impastation the act of impasting.
impaste to lay paint or colours thickly on.
impasto (Ital.) the application of pigment thickly, in painting.
impastoed with impasto applied.
impictured (Spenser) painted.
impressionism a 19th century movement in painting.
intimism a genre of French impressionist painting of the early 20th century.
intimist a painter of the school of intimism, a genre of French impressionist painting of the early 20th century.
intimiste (Fr.) a painter of the school of intimism, a genre of French impressionist painting of the early 20th century.
intonaco (Ital.) in fresco painting, the finishing coat of lime plaster on which the paint is applied.
kinetoscope an instrument for producing curves by the combination of circular movements.
kowhaiwhai (Maori) a type of pattern in Maori decorative art.
landscapist an artist who does landscapes.
letterform the shape of a letter of the alphabet from the point of view of design.
limn (Arch.) to portray, paint or delineate.
limner a painter of portraits.
lithochromatic relating to lithochromatics.
lithochromatics the art or process of painting in oil on stone and taking impressions from the result.
lithochromy painting upon stone.
luminarism painting that shows great mastery of light and shade.
luminarist a painter who shows great mastery of light and shade.
luminism realist landscape painting.
luminist an artist who uses the effects of light; an impressionist.
magilp a medium used in oil-painting, consisting of linseed-oil and mastic varnish.
mahlstick (Dutch) a stick used by painters to steady the hand.
malstick (Dutch) a stick used by painters to steady the hand.
mandala (Sanskrit) an Oriental design symbolic of the universe.
mandalic of or like a mandala, an Oriental design symbolic of the universe.
mandorla (Ital.) any almond-shaped object or ornament, esp (in painting, sculpture) area of light surrounding the risen Christ.
maulstick (Dutch) a stick used by painters to steady the hand.
megilp a medium used in oil-painting, consisting of linseed-oil and mastic varnish.
megilph a medium used in oil-painting, consisting of linseed-oil and mastic varnish.
mezzotint a method of copper engraving with even gradation of tones; (verb) to engrave in this fashion.
mezzotinter one who works in mezzotint.
mezzotinto (Ital.) a mezzotint.
miniate to decorate with rubrics; to illuminate a manuscript.
miniation the act of painting with minium.
miniaturist one who paints miniatures.
mispaint to paint ill, or wrongly.
monochrome of one colour only; (noun) a painting or drawing in a single color.
monochromy the art of painting or drawing in monochrome.
monotint a drawing or painting in a single tint.
morbidezza (Ital.) an extreme delicacy and softness eg in painting or music.
mural a large painting or picture on a wall.
muraled decorated with murals.
muralist a person who paints and designs murals.
muralled decorated with murals.
myriorama a picture consisting of many interchangeable parts.
nabis (Fr.) a group of late 19th-cent. French post-impressionists following the artistic theories of the French painter Paul Gauguin.
neoplasticism a style of abstract painting in which geometrical patterns are formed of patches of flat colour enclosed by intersecting vertical and horizontal lines.
neoplasticist an exponent of neoplasticism.
nightpiece a work of art describing a night scene.
nihonga (Japanese) a Japanese style of painting, using bright colours and traditional images.
nonart something that is not art.
oeuvre (Fr.) the sum of an artist's life work.
oleo (Short for) oleograph, a lithographic reproduction of an oil painting.
oleograph a lithographic reproduction of an oil painting.
oleographic like an oleograph.
oleography the art of lithographic reproduction of oil painting.
oligochrome a work of art using few colours.
orant a representation of a praying figure in early art.
orphism a style of abstract art.
outpaint to surpass in painting.
overgrain in painting, to grain over a surface already grained.
overgrainer a brush for overgraining.
paillette (Fr.) a piece of foil used in enamel painting; a spangle.
paintable able to be painted.
paintbrush a brush for applying paint.
painterliness the state of being painterly.
paintiness the state of being painty.
painture the art of painting.
painty overloaded with paint, with the colours too glaringly used.
palette (Fr.) a little board, usually with a thumbhole, on which a painter mixes colours.
pastel a chalklike crayon made from powdered pigments bound together with gum.
pastelist an artist who works in pastel.
pastellist an artist who works in pastel.
paysage (Fr.) a rural scene or landscape, or representation of this.
paysagist a painter of landscapes.
peinct (Obs.) to paint.
pencil a writing or drawing instrument that leaves a streak of graphite, chalk, slate, or other solid matter; (verb) to draw with a pencil.
pentimento (Ital.) a painting or drawing that has been painted over and shows through it.
petrogram a picture on stone.
photorealism an esp detailed, precise painting style, giving an effect of (often exaggerated) realism.
photorealist an exponent of photorealism.
photorealistic relating to photorealism.
pictural relating to pictures; (noun, Spenser) a picture.
pieta (Ital.) a representation of the dead Christ held and mourned by the Virgin Mary.
pigment any substance used for colouring; that which gives colour to animal and vegetable tissues; (verb) to colour by pigment.
pinacotheca a picture-gallery.
pinakothek (Ger.) a picture gallery.
pinxit (Lat.) a word appended to the artist's name or initials on a painting, or engraved copy of a painting: 'he painted (this)'.
planigraph an instrument for copying drawings at a different scale.
planometric denoting a type of pictorial drawing.
planometrically (Adv.) PLANOMETRIC, denoting a type of pictorial drawing.
pleinairism painting in the open air.
pleinairist one who practises pleinairism, painting in the open air.
pochoir (Fr.) a manual colour stencilling onto a printed illustration.
pointillism a painting technique using separate dots of pure colour rather than blends.
pointillisme a painting technique using separate dots of pure colour rather than blends.
pointillist one who practises pointillism.
pointilliste one who practises pointillisme.
polychromy the art or practice of combining different colors, esp brilliant ones, in an artistic way.
polyptych a decorated altarpiece or panel with 3 or more hinged sections that can be folded together.
portrait a painting, photograph or other likeness of a real person; (verb) to make a portrait of.
portraitist a maker of portraits.
portraiture the making of portraits.
portray to paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback.
pourtraict (Obs.) a portrait.
putois (Fr.) a brush for painting pottery.
putto (Ital.) an artistic representation of a cherub.
repoussoir (Fr.) a figure or object in the foreground of a painted etc. composition intended to draw the viewer's eye in.
retro recreating the past, esp for artistic effect; (noun) a style recreating the past.
rhyparography genre or still-life pictures of sordid subjects.
riverscape a view of a river.
rosemaling (Norwegian) the art of painting (wooden objects) with flower motifs; flower motifs, esp painted on wood.
sandpainting a painting made with sand.
scenographic related to scenography, the representation of an object in perspective.
scenographical related to scenography, the representation of an object in perspective.
scenography the representation of an object in perspective.
scraperboard a clay-surface board on which drawings can be made by scraping tints off as well as applying them.
scratchboard a scraperboard.
scumble to make (a color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color; (broadly) to soften or subdue.
seapiece a picture representing a scene at sea; a marine picture.
seascape a picture representing a scene at sea.
secco (Ital.) painting on dry plaster.
sfumato (Ital.) a painting having vague outlines, and colors and shades so mingled as to give a misty appearance.
silex (Lat.) finely ground tripoli used as a paint filler.
silverpoint the process or product of drawing with a silver-tipped pencil.
sinopia (Lat.) a reddish-brown pigment used for one of the preparatory drawings of a fresco, obtained from sinopite, an iron ore.
sinopis (Lat.) a reddish-brown pigment used for one of the preparatory drawings of a fresco, obtained from sinopite, an iron ore.
sketch a rough drawing (verb) to make a rough, hasty drawing of
sketchpad a pad of paper for sketching.
smoosh to paint to give a softened look.
spatterwork reproduction of designs by covering the surface with the pattern and spattering colour on the parts exposed.
stencil a plate perforated with a design, lettering, etc from which copies are made by applying paint, etc through it; (verb) to mark or paint with an inscription or design by means of a stencil.
stereochrome a mural painting fixed with waterglass; (verb) to paint a mural fixed with waterglass.
stereochromy colourful wall painting.
stereography the representation of solid bodies on a plane surface.
suprematism an early 20th century art movement in Russia producing abstract works featuring flat geometric forms.
suprematist a practitioner in suprematism.
synthetism the symbolism of Gauguin and the Nabis, who reacted against the impressionists and realists by seeking to produce brightly coloured abstractions of their inner experience.
tableau (Fr.) a picture or vivid pictorial impression.
tachism (Fr.) painting by smearing or splattering.
tachisme (Fr.) painting by smearing or splattering.
tachist (Fr.) one who paints by smearing and splattering.
tachiste (Fr.) one who paints by smearing and splattering.
tactilist a painter who aims at tactile effects.
tempera (Ital.) an emulsion, esp made with egg yolk, used as a medium for powdering pigments.
tenebrism a style of painting, associated with the Italian painter Caravaggio, in which most of the figures are engulfed in shadow but some are dramatically illuminated by concentrated light.
tenebrist a painter in the style of tenebrism.
theriomorph an animal form in art.
toleware articles made of tole, painted lacquer.
tondino (Ital.) a small tondo, a circular painting or relief carving.
tondo (Ital.) a circular painting or relief carving.
topcoat a final coat eg of paint.
tortillon a short sharply-pointed stick of cork or rolled leather, used in drawing and shading.
triptyca a painting in three parts, esp altar piece with one central and two hinged side panels.
triptych a painting in three parts, esp an altar piece with one central and two hinged side panels.
underglaze in pottery, a glaze put on before the main glaze.
unpaint to remove the paint from.
vanitas (Lat.) a 17th century Dutch still life painting featuring a memento mori etc.
vectograph a picture giving a special effect when viewed through three-dimensional spectacles.
vedutista (Ital.) a painter of vedute, panoramic views of towns.
velatura (Ital.) a method of glazing a painting by rubbing with the hand.
vernissage (Fr.) a private showing or preview of an art collection.
vignette (Fr.) a small, ornamental illustration without frame or with background shaded off; a slight portrait or character sketch; (verb) to make a vignette of.
vignetter one who makes vignettes.
vignettist one who paints vignettes.
vorticism a British movement in the arts, deriving from futurism.
vorticist a painter who expresses complexity of machinery through art.
watercolor a pigment diluted with water and gum (or other substance) instead of oil; a painting done in this.
watercolorist an artist who paints in watercolour.
watercolour a pigment diluted with water and gum (or other substance) instead of oil; a painting done in this.
watercolourist an artist who works with watercolour.
waterscape a sea view.
zoographic relating to zoography, the painting or description of animals.
zoographical relating to zoography, the painting or description of animals.
zoography the painting or description of animals.