wash drawing

wash drawing
a watercolor painting executed by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other.

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 artwork in which a fine layer of colour—usually diluted ink, bistre, or watercolour—is spread with a brush over a broad surface evenly enough so that no brush marks are visible in the finished product. Usually the technique is used in conjunction with lines made by a pen or pencil that define and outline, while the wash provides colour, depth, and volume. The free use of coats of wash first appeared in the works of such 15th-century Italian artists as Sandro Botticelli (Botticelli, Sandro) and Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci, Leonardo). Within the next 100 years, this technique was so highly developed that two-tone washes were used concurrently, one shading into the other.

      Because it was considered especially suitable for landscape, the technique was very popular with the topographical painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, who built up their pictures by superimposing thin washes in the same way that an oil painter would construct a work with successive glazes: a preliminary foundation of monochrome was laid in over the whole surface (except areas left for highlights), and colours were then added, building up toward the final effect.

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  • wash drawing — n. a drawing done with brush on paper in monochrome using many washes of transparent watercolor or of India ink, shading from light to dark …   English World dictionary

  • wash drawing — wash′ draw ing n. fia a watercolor painting executed by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other …   From formal English to slang

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  • wash drawing — noun Date: 1889 watercolor painting in or chiefly in washes especially in black, white, and gray tones only …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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