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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.
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(Art Terms) relating to pointillism
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Adj.1.pointillistic - of or relating to pointillism
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
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As she did to Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, long a CBSO showpiece, but here fresh and crystalline, pointillistic in detail and incident, both deft and loving and with an Infernal Dance which was coruscatingly malevolent.
The third movement begins playfully in the piano with a sort of pointillistic version of the first movement's first theme.
His work includes elements of surrealism, primitive symbolic and postmodern realism focusing on the emotion of images and pointillistic, dot patterns.
(139) Rather than seek to revamp the classification process, however, Congress opted in the end for the indirect FOIA model and the pointillistic resolution of secrecy disputes on a case-by-case basis.
The limpid waters formed a tapestry of the lightest of blue reflecting the white sand underneath, suddenly deepening into a cobalt beyond, dotted faintly by the pointillistic green of the seagrass underneath.
It is the song of an ecstatic pilgrim, shyly apologizing to the beloved for wearing her heart on her sleeve as she goes through the streets, with the accompaniment of the piano and strings providing a pointillistic counterpoint that never overwhelms the vocal line.
Eckardt used silence as a key component, causing breath-taking tension in the omnipresent plucky pointillistic fulminations.
Examples of George Seurat's pointillistic artworks are the inspiration for the next step of the project--stippling over the lines of their transferred drawings with black fine-tip permanent markers.
The writing is sparest, even pointillistic, at the melodramatic climax.
The photograph showed Rovello in the foreground with bleachers of scattered fans in the background, but Sheikh changed it to a brightly colored, almost pointillistic, background "to embody what Alex brought to life."
5 is dedicated to Henri Dutilleux [recently deceased French composer] and shows Auric's development as a composer, with a more streamlined, almost pointillistic approach to the sonorous possibilities of the piano.
Its introduction and sixteen representative stories, some fantastic, others not, by authors born after 1945 also fill out the pointillistic picture of the landscape of Mexican fiction created by the thirty-four (much shorter) stories in Three Messages.