A painter is an artist who uses a brush to daub colors onto paper or canvas. The person who tints your bedroom walls pink at your request is also a painter.

The main thing painters have in common is that they use paint — whether it's watercolor, house paint, or finger paint. If you hire a painter to paint your portrait, you'll end up with a work of art suitable for framing. And if you hire a painter to paint your house green, you'll end up with a green house. If a sailboat captain mentions a painter, they're probably referring to the special rope used for towing or tying up a boat.

Primary Meanings of painter

an artist who paints
a line that is attached to the bow of a boat and used for tying up (as when docking or towing)
large American feline resembling a lion
Full Definitions of painter

n an artist who paints

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Leon Battista Alberti
Italian architect and painter; pioneering theoretician of Renaissance architecture (1404-1472)
Vanessa Stephen
English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
Thomas Hart Benton
United States artist whose paintings portrayed life in the Midwest and South (1889-1975)
William Blake
visionary British poet and painter (1757-1827)
Georges Braque
French painter who led the cubist movement (1882-1963)
Paul Cezanne
French Post-impressionist painter who influenced modern art (especially cubism) by stressing the structural components latent in nature (1839-1906)
Marc Chagall
French painter (born in Russia) noted for his imagery and brilliant colors (1887-1985)
Giorgio de Chirico
Italian painter (born in Greece) whose deep shadows and barren landscapes strongly influenced the surrealists (1888-1978)
John Constable
English landscape painter (1776-1837)
John Singleton Copley
American painter who did portraits of Paul Revere and John Hancock before fleeing to England to avoid the American Revolution (1738-1815)
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
French painter of Italian landscapes (1796-1875)
Gustave Courbet
French painter noted for his realistic depiction of everyday scenes (1819-1877)
Salvador Dali
surrealist Spanish painter (1904-1989)
Honore Daumier
French painter best known for his satirical lithographs of bourgeois society (1808-1879)
Jacques Louis David
French neoclassical painter who actively supported the French Revolution (1748-1825)
Stuart Davis
United States painter who developed an American version of cubism (1894-1964)
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
French impressionist painter (1834-1917)
Willem de Kooning
United States painter (born in the Netherlands) who was a leading American exponent of abstract expressionism (1904-1997)
Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix
French romantic painter (1798-1863)
Andre Derain
French painter and exponent of fauvism (1880-1954)
Raoul Dufy
French painter noted for brightly colored scenes (1877-1953)
Max Ernst
painter (born in Germany, resident of France and the United States) who was a cofounder of dadaism; developed the technique of collage (1891-1976)
Jean Honore Fragonard
French artist whose rococo paintings typified the frivolity of life in the royal court of France in the 18th century (1732-1806)
Roger Eliot Fry
English painter and art critic (1866-1934)
Thomas Gainsborough
English portrait and landscape painter (1727-1788)
Paul Gauguin
French Post-impressionist painter who worked in the South Pacific (1848-1903)
Alberto Giacometti
Swiss sculptor and painter known for his bronze sculptures of elongated figures (1901-1966)
Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish painter well known for his portraits and for his satires (1746-1828)
Duncan James Corrow Grant
Scottish painter; cousin of Lytton Strachey and member of the Bloomsbury Group (1885-1978)
Jaun Gris
Spanish cubist painter (1887-1927)
Frederick Childe Hassam
United States painter noted for brilliant colors and bold brushwork (1859-1935)
Katsushika Hokusai
Japanese painter whose work influenced the impressionists (1760-1849)
Winslow Homer
United States painter best known for his seascapes (1836-1910)
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
French classical painter (1780-1867)
Wassily Kandinski
Russian painter who was a pioneer of abstract art (1866-1944)
Rockwell Kent
United States painter noted for his woodcuts (1882-1971)
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
German expressionist painter (1880-1938)
Paul Klee
Swiss painter influenced by Kandinsky (1879-1940)
Gustav Klimt
Austrian painter influenced by art nouveau (1862-1918)
Franz Joseph Kline
United States abstract expressionist painter (1910-1962)
Lee Krasner
United States artist remembered for her spontaneous approach to painting; she was a founder of the New York school of abstract expressionism (1908-1984)
Sir Thomas Lawrence
English portrait painter remembered for the series of portraits of the leaders of the alliance against Napoleon (1769-1830)
Fernand Leger
French painter who was an early cubist (1881-1955)
Roy Lichtenstein
United States painter who was a leading exponent of pop art (1923-1997)
Laurence Stephen Lowry
English painter (1887-1976)
Rene Magritte
Belgian surrealist painter (1898-1967)
Kazimir Severinovich Malevich
Russian abstract painter (1878-1935)
Edouard Manet
French painter whose work influenced the impressionists (1832-1883)
Andrea Mantegna
Italian painter and engraver noted for his frescoes (1431-1506)
Reginald Marsh
United States painter (1898-1954)
Henri Emile Benoit Matisse
French painter and sculptor; leading figure of fauvism (1869-1954)
Jean Francois Millet
French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875)
Joan Miro
Spanish surrealist painter (1893-1983)
Amedeo Modigliano
Italian painter and sculptor (1884-1920)
Claude Monet
French impressionist painter (1840-1926)
Samuel Finley Breese Morse
United States portrait painter who patented the telegraph and developed the Morse code (1791-1872)
Anna Mary Robertson Moses
United States painter of colorful and primitive rural scenes (1860-1961)
Robert Motherwell
United States abstract expressionist painter (1915-1991)
Edvard Munch
Norwegian painter (1863-1944)
Bartolome Esteban Murillo
Spanish painter (1617-1682)
Georgia Okeeffe
United States painter (1887-1986)
Maxfield Frederick Parrish
United States painter (1870-1966)
Pablo Picasso
prolific and influential Spanish artist who lived in France (1881-1973)
Jackson Pollock
United States artist famous for painting with a drip technique; a leader of abstract expressionism in America (1912-1956)
Sir Joshua Reynolds
English portrait painter and first president of the Royal Academy (1723-1792)
Mark Rothko
United States abstract painter (born in Russia) whose paintings are characterized by horizontal bands of color with indistinct boundaries (1903-1970)
Le Douanier Rousseau
French primitive painter (1844-1910)
John Singer Sargent
United States painter (born in Italy) known for his society portraits (1856-1925)
Georges Pierre Seurat
French painter who developed pointillism (1859-1891)
Benjamin Shahn
United States artist whose work reflected social and political themes (1898-1969)
David Alfaro Siqueiros
Mexican painter of murals depicting protest and revolution (1896-1974)
Chaim Soutine
French expressionist painter (born in Lithuania) (1893-1943)
Frank Philip Stella
United States minimalist painter (born in 1936)
Gilbert Charles Stuart
United States painter best known for his portraits of George Washington (1755-1828)
Thomas Sully
United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
Yves Tanguy
United States surrealist painter (born in France) (1900-1955)
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Italian painter (1696-1770)
Mark Tobey
United States abstract painter influenced by oriental calligraphy (1890-1976)
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
French painter who portrayed life in the cafes and music halls of Montmartre (1864-1901)
John Trumbull
American painter of historical scenes (1756-1843)
Joseph Mallord William Turner
English landscape painter whose treatment of light and color influenced the French impressionists (1775-1851)
Maurice Utrillo
French painter noted for his paintings of Parisian street scenes (1883-1955)
Vincent van Gogh
Dutch Post-impressionist painter noted for his use of color (1853-1890)
Viktor Vasarely
French painter (born in Hungary) who was a pioneer of op art (1908-1997)
Giorgio Vasari
Italian painter and art historian (1511-1574)
Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
French painter noted for her portraits (1755-1842)
Maurice de Vlaminck
French painter and exponent of fauvism (1876-1958)
Jean Edouard Vuillard
French painter (1868-1940)
Andy Warhol
United States artist who was a leader of the Pop Art movement (1930-1987)
Max Weber
United States abstract painter (born in Russia) (1881-1961)
Benjamin West
English painter (born in America) who became the second president of the Royal Academy (1738-1820)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
United States painter (1834-1903)
Grant Wood
United States painter noted for works based on life in the Midwest (1892-1942)
Andrew Wyeth
United States painter (born in 1917)
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abstract artist, abstractionist
a painter of abstract pictures
a painter able to achieve special effects with color
an artist who adheres to the principles of cubism
an unskilled painter
a painter who introduces distortions
Fauve, fauvist
a member of a group of French painters who followed fauvism
genre painter
a painter of scenes from everyday life
a painter who follows the theories of Impressionism
someone who paints landscapes
someone who paints tiny pictures in great detail
a painter of murals
oil painter
a painter who uses oil paints
old master
a great European painter prior to 19th century
a painter who uses the technique of pointillism
limner, portrait painter, portraitist, portrayer
a painter or drawer of portraits
Post-impressionist, Postimpressionist
an artist of the Postimpressionist school who revolted against Impressionism
a painter who represents the world realistically and not in an idealized or romantic style
scene painter, scenic artist
an artist specializing in scenic subjects
watercolorist, watercolourist
a painter who paints with watercolors
an artist of the school of suprematism
Type of:
artist, creative person
a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination

n a worker who is employed to cover objects with paint

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a painter who applies a finishing coat
house painter
a painter of houses a similar buildings
a painter of letters
scene painter
a painter of theatrical scenery
sign painter
someone who paints signs and billboards etc.
a painter who stipples (creates a stippled effect)
someone who applies a finishing coat of varnish
Type of:
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
a worker who has acquired special skills

n a line that is attached to the bow of a boat and used for tying up (as when docking or towing)

Type of:
something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

n large American feline resembling a lion

Felis concolor, catamount, cougar, mountain lion, panther, puma
Type of:
any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild

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