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1. Philosophy
a. The doctrine that the material world is an immaterial product of the senses.
b. The doctrine that free will is contradicted by determinism and is only an apparent phenomenon.
2. The use of illusionary techniques and devices in art or decoration.

il·lu′sion·is′tic adj.
il·lu′sion·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that the external world exists only in illusory sense perceptions
2. the use of highly illusory effects in art or decoration, esp the use of perspective in painting to create an impression of three-dimensional reality
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(ɪˈlu ʒəˌnɪz əm)

a technique of using pictorial methods in order to deceive the eye. Compare trompe l'oeil.
il•lu`sion•is′tic, adj.
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a theory or doctrine that the material world is wholly or nearly wholly an illusion. — illusionist, n.illusionistic, adj.
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All these vocabularies (save the magical thrills of 19th-century illusionism) including the canvas and timber solution, reproduce themselves in theatre-making because they hold a place in the curriculum of theatre training institutes, at the university and in drama schools (such as the National School of Drama, Delhi).
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Gnoli's canvases are encrusted with sand and marble debris mixed into acrylic paint, which leave behind cystic deposits that irritate and corrupt the works' slick illusionism. Suggestive of fresco, these grainy surfaces nod, with a creeping melancholia, to a historical moment predating the commodity culture the paintings so dapperly depict.
"The subject's expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modelling of forms, and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work." Apparently the painting exceeded Francesco's expectations.
The latter section also somehow incorporates reflections on the fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, memories of the Watergate scandal, details of trips to Italy and France, and a precise critical discussion of illusionism and colour in mid-century painting.
This study addresses the representation of clouds in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, from the initial formulations in early fifteenth-century Florentine stage designs to the full development of cloud illusionism in Rome, in both theatre and fresco painting, during the first half of the seventeenth century.
For instance, although Ramakantha presents and refutes the Vedantic doctrine of illusionism (mayavada), he acknowledges that Sadyojyotih's original verses describe a different Vedantic doctrine, called transformationism (parinamavada).
The book is divided into eight chapters that explore topics such as his origins, the beginnings of his abstract paintings and the new illusionism. Each chapter also includes ofocuseso that consider specific paintings and topics in greater detail.
Chapter Six treats "Other Positions" such as van Inwagen's mysterianism, Smilansky's illusionism, and Vargas's revisionism.
Born in 1977 and educated at Newcastle (BTEC, 1996); Glasgow (BA, 1999); Maryland Institute College of Art, US (1999) and Cardiff (MA, 2008), Youll's current work bears strong affinities to US West Coast clay: bright colours, material illusionism, whiffs of surrealist objects and an undisclosing, enigmatic quality that critic Peter Selz called in the original context "Funk".
His skill in illusionism enables these paintings to reveal how the genesis of figuration lies with abstraction; "abstract" and "figurative" are neither impermeable categories nor cladistic strangers.
It is out of this ambiguity, produced by what he describes as the tension between illusionism and anti-illusionism, that Burwick creates the binary model which is to shape the pattern of his monograph: 'Romantic drama ...