[pik-tawr-ee-uh-liz-uh m, -tohr-]


Fine Arts. the creation or use of pictures or visual images, especially of recognizable or realistic representations.
emphasis on purely photographic or scenic qualities for its own sake, sometimes with a static or lifeless effect: The movie's self-conscious pictorialism makes it little more than a travelogue.

Origin of pictorialism

First recorded in 1865–70; pictorial + -ism
Related formspic·to·ri·al·ist, noun
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