Impasto meaning

ĭm-păstō, -pästō
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The application of thick layers of pigment to a canvas or other surface in painting.
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The paint so applied.
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Painting in which the paint is laid thickly on the canvas.
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Paint so laid on.
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In painting, the use of a thick-bodied paint to create sizable peaks and crests in an image.
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Origin of impasto

  • Italian from impastare to make into a paste in- in (from Latin in–2) pasta paste (from Late Latin paste1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition