Meaning of facture in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfaktʃə/


mass noun
  • The quality of the execution of a painting; an artist's characteristic handling of the paint.

    ‘Manet's sensuous facture’
    • ‘They had in common the repudiation of such painterly qualities as expressive brush strokes and personalized facture.’
    • ‘The Americans tend toward a flat, emblematic depiction of commercial imagery, whereas the British often favor an episodic approach to narrative that betrays a fondness for the facture of Abstract Expressionism.’
    • ‘She often leaves visible under-painting and fragments of preliminary drawing, emphasizing her paintings' facture and directing attention to the more articulated drama center-stage.’
    • ‘The luxurious tones and melded colors demonstrate the paintings' slow facture and encourage contemplative viewing.’
    • ‘The viewer's attention repeatedly returns to the paintings' facture, which is always on display but never showy.’
    • ‘Enamored of brushy Spanish facture, Delacroix said (copying what he thought to be a Velazquez), ‘I'd like to spread some nice oily, thick paint across a brown or red canvas.’’
    • ‘In purely formal terms, these paintings are sophisticated arrangements of color and shape in the tradition of the Fauves, particularly Vlaminck with his wild facture.’
    • ‘Seen in this light, transformations from one material to another are the subject, as well as the method of facture, of Cellini's art.’
    • ‘Today he is admired for his psychological penetration, the flawless beauty of his painting of hands, the meticulously cool facture of his works, their illusionism and their virtuosity.’
    • ‘In the plaster couple the painterliness of facture is accentuated by applied highlights of color, while in the bronzes the verdant patina emphasizes the work's mass over its flickering surface.’
    • ‘In the new work, Wachtel pays considerable attention to certain effects of painterly facture on the frictionless surfaces of wood panels.’
    • ‘To discover the paintings' intimate, nuanced facture is to experience the integral relation of process to meaning in his work.’
    • ‘The surfaces of these paintings are so resolved in facture that they discourage easy recognition of the manner of their making.’
    • ‘More often than not, the contributors treat works of art as schemata or categorical icons, leaving matters of facture, line, and color undiscussed.’
    • ‘Like the best Minimalist works, her paintings possess a painstaking facture and structural rigor that invite slow, contemplative readings.’
    • ‘While comparative scientific analysis may one day further clarify their relationship, visual examination indicates a similarity of facture suggesting near-contemporaneous production for at least three.’
    • ‘Employing at times such geometric fundaments as the grid and the cube, Hesse's sculpture often explored seriality and repetition through the deployment of industrial materials and modes of facture.’
    • ‘His facture is generally rough and quick, whatever the medium, and he treats contemporary art as a sort of lending library, borrowing from the work of Boetti, Clemente and Cragg, among others.’
    • ‘In fact, we don't know exactly how to interpret this figure, so crudely carved and so intent on calling attention to the material facture of its surfaces.’
    • ‘Though diverse in content and facture, all these works share a refinement of imagery, and their visual effects are possible only through printing or papermaking.’


Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘construction, workmanship’): via Old French from Latin factura ‘formation, manufacture’, from facere ‘do, make’. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.