impasto ĭmpăs´tō, –pä´stō [key], thickly applied paint that projects from the picture surface. Such works as Childe Hassam's Allies Day (1917 National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.) and Hans Hoffman's abstraction In Upper Regions (1963 David N. Marks Coll.) exploit to advantage the vigorous effect inherent in impasto technique.

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