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impasto

(ĭmpăs`tō, –pä`stō), thickly applied paint that projects from the picture surface. Such works as Childe Hassam's Allies Day (1917; National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.) and Hans Hoffman's abstraction In Upper Regions (1963; David N. Marks Coll.) exploit to advantage the vigorous effect inherent in impasto technique.

Impasto

 

the thick, uneven application of paint to a canvas or to a ground. The surface’s resulting sculptural quality, which is sometimes quite marked, often consists of the very strokes applied by the brush or palette knife. The areas with the thickest application of paint are most prominent.

The use of impasto, which in the past was often combined with a thin application of pigments in the dark areas of a painting, intensifies the emotional expressiveness of a work and conveys the textures of objects most convincingly, revealing the sculptural possibilities of the paint itself.

impasto

[im′pä·stō]
(graphic arts)
The thick, heavy application of oil paint to a canvas, often with a palette knife; impasto sections stand out in considerable relief.
The thick application of polymer or other paint to any surface.

impasto

In painting, the thick laying of pigments.

impasto

1. paint applied thickly, so that brush and palette knife marks are evident
2. the technique of applying paint in this way
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After viewing two to three different examples of Corot's work, children create their own impasto landscapes using the impasto technique which reflects a light airy feeling reminiscent of Corot's earlier works.
I encouraged students to paint in impasto, as thick as the frosting or whipped cream piled on the cakes.
Each work is different, incorporating a range of treatments from high-relief impasto to shallow washes with defined brushwork.
Using a ladder to gain extra distance from the work's surface, Drennen then poured acrylic and tossed globs of oil paint onto the printed-painted faces of Koons and Sherman et ah, before further desecrating their duped likenesses by sticking cigarettes and cigars into the accumulated impasto.
Clough employed thick impasto, she daubed, she scraped, she gauged and scratched, and she obliterated, experimenting with a variety of mixed media to create a frenzy of texture.
However, where she feels the subjects demands it, she uses chroma impasto.
Even on closer examination, these immersive images simulate classical, painterly topoi and virtuoso techniques not only in terms of format, but also in their invocation of sfumato, chiaroscuro, impasto, carefully placed highlights, and calculated blurriness.
Five panels more than six feet square (with a gold-silver impasto on the edge of the frame) and three six-by-three-foot panels enshroud the viewer's body in a visual rhythm, guided by the tonal modulations and the harmonic division of the space, the perfect proportions of which are an interpretation of Renaissance equilibrium.
Throughout these works, Noland's method of staining raw canvases with acrylic prevents paint from roughening surface complexion with sculptural impasto.
Ikeya's large-scale paintings combine impasto brushwork with pigments applied straight from the tube and allowed to drip down the canvas; the small pieces can be so high in relief that they effectively cross the line between painting and three-dimensional objects.
Williams paints in thin washes as often as in impasto, which he heaps on like toothpaste or frosting.
Ben Penrose's Devon Cliffs also uses heavy impasto to create a dramatic seascape.