pointillism


pointillism
pointillist, n., adj.
/pwan"tl iz'euhm, -tee iz'-, poyn"tl iz'-/, 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; < F pointillisme, equiv. to pointill(er) to mark with points + -isme -ISM]

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In painting, the practice of applying small strokes or dots of contrasting colour to a surface so that from a distance they blend together.

The term (and its synonym, divisionism) was first used to describe the paintings of Georges Seurat. See also Camille Pissarro; Paul Signac.

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