The Expressiveness of a Brushstroke

The Beach at Trouville (1870) by Claude monet. Oil on Canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Image source WikiArt

How is it possible for a brushstroke to be expressive? How can paint in itself register on an emotional level?

There was once a time when artists made their paintings with a deliberate attempt to hide their brush marks, to blend and soften them so that, as much as possible, they…

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