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 (pwăn′tə-lĭz′əm, point′l-ĭz′əm)
A postimpressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes.

[French pointillisme, from pointiller, to paint small dots, stipple, from Old French *pointille, engraved with small dots, from point, point, from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

poin′til·list adj. & n.
poin′til·lis′tic adj.


- A painter who creates separate dots of pure color instead of mixed pigments; the pronunciation is PWAHN-tuhl-ist.
See also related terms for painter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pointillist - a painter who uses the technique of pointillism
painter - an artist who paints
Adj.1.pointillist - of or relating to pointillism
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)


nPointillist(in) m(f)
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