pointillism

   A method of painting developed in France in the 1880s in which tiny dots of color are applied to the canvas. When viewed from a distance, the points of color appear to blend together to make other colors and to form shapes and outlines. Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891) was its leading exponent. His most famous painting is see thumbnail to rightA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Un dimanche après-midi à l'Ile de la Grande Jatte), 1884-1886, oil on canvas, 81 x 120 inches, Art Institute of Chicago. Occasionally used synonyms for pointillism have been "divisionism" and "confetti-ism." See other examples at Neo-Impressionism. Also see brindled, optical mixing, pattern, piebald, Segantini stitch, stipple, and variegated.

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  • pointillism — 1901, from Fr. pointiller to cover with pointilles, small dots, plural diminutive of point (see POINT (Cf. point) (n.)). Pointillist is attested from 1891 …   Etymology dictionary

  • pointillism — ► NOUN ▪ a technique of neo Impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colours, which become blended in the viewer s eye. DERIVATIVES pointillist noun & adjective. ORIGIN from French pointiller mark with dots …   English terms dictionary

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  • Pointillism — Neoimpressionism Ne o*im*pres sion*ism (n[=e] [ o]*[i^]m*pr[e^]sh [u^]n*[i^]z m), n. (Painting) A theory or practice which is a further development, on more rigorously scientific lines, of the theory and practice of Impressionism, originated by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pointillism — noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: French pointillisme, from pointiller to stipple, from point spot, from Old French more at point Date: 1901 the theory or practice in art of applying small strokes or dots of color to a surface so that from …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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 …   Universalium

  • pointillism — noun In art, the use of small areas of color to construct an image. Syn: divisionism …   Wiktionary

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