What is an impasto?
An impasto is when thick paint is laid onto
the canvas with brush or knife. Impesto describes oil paint
that has been applied thickly enough to retain the marks and
ridges left by the oil paint brush or oil painting knife.
Impasto has the ability to build up oil paint which is impasto
's main attractions to many oil paint artists. Impasto allows
the oil paintings surface to have a threedimensional
quality which can be used to model form and even mimic the
texture of the subject being painted.
What are examples of impesto painting?
Impesto paintings can be seen from the work
of VanGogh, Soutine and de Stae. They show the use to impasto
as direct painting but impesto has often been used as the
basis for glazing and the building of solid three dimensional
forms. This use of impesto are seen in the underpainting
of certain part on the pictures of Rembrandt who applied heavy
encrusted areas (impesto) prior to glazing. Turner and
Courbet also made this use of impesto.
What does impasto mean?
derives its name from an Italian word meaning any thick,
pasty substance. In painting especially oil
painting, impasto is a method of texturing or modeling a
surface over which either opaque or transparent color is
Uses of Impasto with
thickly applied paint is often used in conjunction
with glazing by oil paint artists. A dark glaze (glazing
technique) over a light colored impasto will emphasize the
brustwork of the oil paint artist. Oil paint artists use
this impesto technique and glazing technique for depicting
texture such as rough stone or wood.
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