Definition of pointillism in English:

pointillism

noun

  • [mass noun] A technique of neo-impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colours, which become blended in the viewer's eye. It was developed by Seurat with the aim of producing a greater degree of luminosity and brilliance of colour.

    • ‘It gives a textured look that is similar to pointillism.’
    • ‘The canvases, with their overtones of pointillism and computer art, appear to shift depending on where you stand, transforming human skin into a landscape to be explored through detailed scientific observation.’
    • ‘After 1902, however, he became fascinated with pointillism, and his paintings feature the tiny dots of color that are a hallmark of this mode of painting.’
    • ‘Camille Pissarro cheerfully flirted a little with the style of every fellow-artist he met, from the realism of Millet to the pointillism of Seurat.’
    • ‘These dense fields seem to deconstruct, or at least loosen up, the notion of ‘solid’ color, playing optical games borrowed from pointillism and the color experiments of Kupka and the Delaunays.’
    • ‘In 3,000 words or so of journalistic pointillism, McGeough paints his picture of America's predatory cynicism with artful little dabs and daubs of well-placed fact.’
    • ‘After introducing Georges Seurat and pointillism, line desks with newspaper.’
    • ‘Villa, in short, puts forward an argument for his own artistry, comparing his work to Seurat's pointillism.’
    • ‘Underpinning the exhibition is a desire to explain and contextualise the artist's use of techniques such as pointillism and anamorphic perspective.’
    • ‘His brush strokes tend towards a dabbing that has its origins in Monet's Impressionism and reached its excess in pointillism.’
    • ‘For this simple reason alone, pointillism, as this technique was called, could never become a mainstream art movement.’
    • ‘His vibrantly glowing pointillism springs directly from his childhood among the beautiful light and colors of the Caribbean.’
    • ‘The artist combines elegant lines, wiggles and pointillism to create an atmosphere of surreal spaces surrounding the character.’
    • ‘Look at the way it's painted, at the varying degrees of pointillism, ranging from the tight treatment of the umbrellas at the left, to the looser, fatter dots of the red tiled roofs at right.’
    • ‘Seurat's theory of optical mixtures, which he called divisionism, influenced Signac, and the style eventually became known as pointillism.’
    • ‘New to the body-painting arena is the airbrushing of makeup using a process called pointillism, a form of art borrowed from the French impressionists.’
    • ‘Prince's ‘Marlboro Men,’ for example, enlarged from cigarette advertisements, have a sensuous overblown color grain that evokes pointillism.’
    • ‘Her interests in optical effects came partly through her study of the Neo-Impressionist technique of pointillism, but when she took up Op art in the early 1960s she worked initially in black-and-white.’
    • ‘Sure it requires physical skill, but so does painting, and I don't see anybody training to win the gold in pointillism.’
    • ‘The actual art-historical purpose of this show is to help Signac escape from the shadow of Georges Seurat, the master theorist of pointillism, or divisionism - the theory upon which Signac founded his own work.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from French pointillisme, from pointiller mark with dots.

Pronunciation:

pointillism

/ˈpwantɪlɪz(ə)m/