bistre bistre


  • (n) a water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling wood soot


  1. A ghostly group of apostles in bistre (a soft soot brown) watch Christ ascend off the paper in the deft dreaminess of the quattrocento hand of Andrea Mantegna.
  2. They could not, however, approach the beautiful, sure clarity with which Rem brandt set down, in a few streaks and slashes of bistre, a windmill facing the estuary from an old .
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