underpainting

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

under- +‎ painting

Noun[edit]

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underpainting (countable and uncountable, plural underpaintings)

  1. (art) An initial layer of paint, often monochromatic, applied to a ground as a base for subsequent layers.
    • 2007 May 13, Carol Kino, “Something There Is That Loves a Wall”, New York Times:
      He would start with a stenciled acrylic underpainting and finish by making marks with the chalk and charcoal shells.