Picturesque words and expressions are unusual or poetic. Every inn had a picturesque name -- the Black Locust Inn, the Blueberry Inn. + picturesquely pic·tur·esque·ly The historian Yakut described it picturesquely as a `mother of castles'. adj. Artistic concept and style of the late 18th and early 19th century characterized by a preoccupation with architecture and landscape in pictorial combination with each other. In Britain, the picturesque was defined as an aesthetic quality marked by pleasing variety, irregularity, asymmetry, and interesting textures; medieval ruins in a natural landscape were thought to be picturesque. John Nash produced some of the most exemplary works embodying the concept. See also folly
suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture; "a picturesque village" strikingly expressive; "a picturesque description of the rainforest
an artistic principle in both painting and gardening that emphasizes the rough and irregular, the surprising, the various, the commonplace, and the decaying or aged; picturesque gardening and painting were mutually influential
A way of describing nature which emphasizes its prettiness and its charm, as opposed to the Sublime, which emphasizes its force and overwhelming power More literally it inverts the idea that a picture imitates nature, by looking at nature as though it were a picture This was taken to an extreme by the French and English gentry of the eighteenth century who "framed" a natural scene by looking at it through a "Claude glass," a yellow piece of glass which gave it both a border and a yellow tint like the tint varnish gave to the colors of painted landscapes Claude was Claude Lorraine, a French landscape painter
common in 19th century Europe and America, a style of representational landscape painting which focuses on unusual designs and rustic or quaint features
A picturesque place is attractive and interesting, and has no ugly modern buildings. Alte, in the hills northwest of Loule, is the Algarve's most picturesque village. You can refer to picturesque things as the picturesque. lovers of the picturesque. + picturesquely pic·tur·esque·ly the shanty-towns perched picturesquely on the hillsides
suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture; "a picturesque village"
Forming, or fitted to form, a good or pleasing picture; representing with the clearness or ideal beauty appropriate to a picture; expressing that peculiar kind of beauty which is agreeable in a picture, natural or artificial; graphic; vivid; as, a picturesque scene or attitude; picturesque language
Representing the charming in scenes, ideas, etc without attaining beauty or sublimity
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