Impasto

DEFINITION

A thick, juicy, or lumpy and multi-layered application of paint to canvas or other ground support. The emphasis is on texture and obvious paint strokes, as distinguished from a smooth, flat surface. Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh was noted for his Impasto technique. American artists that used Impasto include Joan Brown, Frank Duveneck, David Park, and Nicolai Fechin. Sources: Ralph Mayer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques"; Kimberley Reynolds & Richard Seddon, "Illustrated Dictionary of Art Terms"; AskART database (LPD)<br><br>A style of painting characterized by thick, juicy color application.<br><br>Thickly applied oil or acrylic paint that leaves dimensional texture through brushstrokes or palette knife marks.<br><br> An Italian term for oil paint applied very thickly onto the canvas or other support, resulting in evident brushstrokes (visible).<br><br>A thick or lumpy application of paint, or deep brush marks (brushstrokes), as distinguished from a flat, smooth paint surface. May also refer to a thick application of pastel.(pr. im-PAHS-toh)Examples of paintings made with impasto technique:Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Cypresses, June 1889 (Saint-R?my), oil on canvas, 36 3/4 x 29 1/8 inches (93.3 x 74 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, F 613. Also see Post-Impressionism.

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