One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘This illusionism is contradicted by brushwork highlighting the front picture plane or establishing ambiguous layers of space lying beyond.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other paintings oscillate between illusionism and a more expressionistic style of depiction.’
- ‘All are frontally oriented works that expose conventions of illusionism by carrying them off of the wall into real space.’
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