Definition of photorealism in US English:



  • 1A style of art and sculpture characterized by the highly detailed depiction of ordinary life with the impersonality of a photograph.

    • ‘Like Picasso, Bacon sought neither photorealism nor photographic verisimilitude, nor were his paintings merely the sum of their sources.’
    • ‘The 1950s once again saw two contrasting movements thrive, photorealism and subjectivism.’
    • ‘He was the leading exponent of photorealism, a school of art that was probably maligned by the snoots but embraced, bemusedly, by the pop artists.’
    • ‘I like to use photorealism, loose and gestural drawing styles, and a combination of the two.’
    • ‘His artwork was visionary, defined by its luscious gouache and photorealism, and his fondness for dressing his characters in the cartileginous mugs of actors like Kirk Douglas.’
    1. 1.1 (in computer graphics) the rendering of images in an extremely realistic way.
      • ‘While adults express concerns regarding photorealism in games, children, the survey suggests, are well able to separate reality from the fictional environment of the game world.’
      • ‘The G40 builds on the G34 by adding programmable pixel shaders and is being pitched at apps that need a higher level of photorealism than games.’
      • ‘The stylised look of the film might be off-putting to those who demand photorealism above all in their special effects work, but anyone with the slightest affection for pulp SF serials or comics will be in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘As if something like Mario ever needed photorealism.’
      • ‘With slightly less attention to photorealism, perhaps people would be less likely to complain about Spider-Man's apparent weightless landings and take them more in the spirit of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.’