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impasto (ɪmˈpæstəʊ Pronunciation for impasto



  1. paint applied thickly, so that brush and palette knife marks are evident
  2. the technique of applying paint in this way

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from impastare; see impaste

Example Sentences Including 'impasto'

I scowled at George Melly opposite; his violent impasto didn't stir.
Malcolm, John Whistler in the Dark
In some works Moira introduces more heavy, impasto layers by applying texture paste with a palette knife.
Bulgin, Sally Acrylics Masterclass
She chooses pointillist rather than impasto strokes and builds the interior workings of the mind patiently and vividly.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Slightly impasto , the surfaces are substantial, giving the work depth and an almost sculptural quality.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
This particular painting has quite a lot of impasto in it, and I got through quite a few tubes of titanium white.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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