Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (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.


(ˈpwæntɪˌlɪzəm; -tiːˌɪzəm; ˈpɔɪn-)
(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


(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.


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.
See also: Art


(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


[ˈpwæntɪlɪzəm] Npuntillismo m


References in periodicals archive ?
Christie's has noted how the work betrays the immense optimism Shammout evidently felt at the promise of Oslo, blending elements of pointillism, impressionism, social realism and romanticism in the single canvas.
Crosshatching and pointillism produce frames that resemble family photos: form mirrors content.
I evolved the method of placing small dots of colour unmixed close together on a canvas, which became known as pointillism.
There are now so many red weeping welts on my irritated limbs, it looks like the mosquitoes have been employing some sadistic form of pointillism.
Working in Pitt ink pen on paper, Hope creates detailed pointillism portraits of unnamed models photographed by the late fashion photographer Helmut Newton.
Guests will interact with multiple art elements in the house including a user-generated pointillism mural reflecting the essence of Make Some Noise; a cascading wall of ribbons printed with inspiring phrases that guests can grab and wear as a bracelet; a slo-mo video booth for fun Instagrammable moments; and Paint Some Noise, a video paint interactive installation, created by Sweatshoppe, on the exterior of the house that allows guests to use LED "paint rollers" to reveal layers of new content, including upcoming panelists and music lineups, as if guests are painting each image.
The arts skills on offer include Pointillism, where pictures are built up from dots of Chelsie Bould |at the Creative colour in the style of French impressionist Seurat, and abstract collage and painting.
So you and your students can zoom in on the painting and study the details that led to the pointillism movement.
I have painted with water colour and oils, but prefer pointillism.
The artist is renowned not only for his painstaking pointillism technique but also for working "in-situ" which means many of his landscapes and studies of light can take several years to complete.
Some of these activities included: listening to stories and dramatizing them, art in all forms from 3D sculpture to pointillism in giant murals, making animations and decorating cookies and cakes.
Regardless of where the inspiration comes from, there is a distinct hint of pointillism ( where small dots are used to create an image) in his paintings.