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poin·til·lism

 (pwăn′tə-lĭz′əm, point′l-ĭz′əm)
n.
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.

pointillism

(ˈpwæntɪˌlɪzəm; -tiːˌɪzəm; ˈpɔɪn-)
n
(Art Terms) the technique of painting elaborated from impressionism, in which dots of unmixed colour are juxtaposed on a white ground so that from a distance they fuse in the viewer's eye into appropriate intermediate tones. Also called: divisionism
[C19: from French, from pointiller to mark with tiny dots, from pointille little point, from Italian puntiglio, from punto point]
ˈpointillist n, adj
ˈpointiˌlliste adj

poin•til•lism

(ˈpwæn tlˌɪz əm, -tiˌɪz-, ˈpɔɪn tlˌɪz-)

n. (sometimes cap.)
a theory and technique developed by the neo-impressionists, based on the principle that juxtaposed dots of pure color, as blue and yellow, are optically mixed into the resulting hue, as green, by the viewer.
[1900–05; < French pointillisme=pointill(er) to mark with points + -isme -ism]
poin′til•list, n., adj.
poin`til•list′ic, adj.

Pointillism

a style of the late 19th century based upon some Impressionist techniques and the application of scientific theories of the process of vision; begun by Seurat, who gave it the name Divisionism, it consists of using dots of unmixed color side by side so that the viewer’s eye may mix them into the appropriate intermediate color. Also called Neo-Impressionism.Pointillist, n.Pointillistic, adj.
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pointillism

(or divisionism)(c. 1880–1915) Based on the color theories of Chevreul, its aim was to achieve greater pictorial luminosity by placing small marks of pure primary color on the surface, allowing them to merge at a viewing distance to create an optical mixture.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pointillism - a school of painters who used a technique of painting with tiny dots of pure colors that would blend in the viewer's eye; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers late in 19th century France
school - a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers; "the Venetian school of painting"
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
2.pointillism - a genre of painting characterized by the application of paint in dots and small strokes; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th century France
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
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pointillism

[ˈpwæntɪlɪzəm] Npuntillismo m

pointillism

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