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[foh-toh-ree-uh-liz-uh m]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a style of painting flourishing in the 1970s, especially in the U.S., England, and France, and depicting commonplace scenes or ordinary people, with a meticulously detailed realism, flat images, and barely discernible brushwork that suggests and often is based on or incorporates an actual photograph.
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Sometimes photo realism.

Origin of photorealism

First recorded in 1960–65; photo- + realism
Related formspho·to·re·al·ist, noun, adjectivepho·to·re·al·is·tic, adjective
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  1. a style of painting and sculpture that depicts esp commonplace urban images with meticulously accurate detail
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Derived Formsphotorealist, noun, adjective
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