[ nee-oh-im-presh-uh-niz-uhm ]

noun(sometimes initial capital letter)Fine Arts.
  1. the theory and practice of a group of post-impressionists of about the middle 1880s, characterized chiefly by a systematic juxtaposition of dots or points of pure color according to a concept of the optical mixture of hues.

Origin of neo-impressionism

First recorded in 1890–95; neo- + impressionism

Other words from neo-impressionism

  • ne·o-im·pres·sion·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for neoimpressionism


/ (ˌniːəʊɪmˈprɛʃəˌnɪzəm) /

  1. a movement in French painting initiated mainly by Seurat in the 1880s and combining his vivid colour technique with strictly formal composition: See also pointillism

Derived forms of neoimpressionism

  • neoimpressionist, noun, adjective

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