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[mass noun] The principle or technique by which artistic representations are made to resemble real objects or to give an appearance of space by the use of perspective.
- ‘Venetian art was more painterly than the sculptural art of central Italy, and artists used light and colour more dramatically; Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese developed the expressive power and illusionism of oil painting.’
- ‘The traditional illusionism of the still-life genre (think Zeuxis and Parrhasios as well as de Heem and Chardin) is rejected in favor of bravura flatness and self-revelation of the paint stroke.’
- ‘All are frontally oriented works that expose conventions of illusionism by carrying them off of the wall into real space.’
- ‘This illusionism is contradicted by brushwork highlighting the front picture plane or establishing ambiguous layers of space lying beyond.’
- ‘Other paintings oscillate between illusionism and a more expressionistic style of depiction.’
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