[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.

Nearby words

  1. pictographic,
  2. pictography,
  3. pictor,
  4. pictores,
  5. pictorial,
  6. pictorialize,
  7. pictorially,
  8. picts,
  9. picturable,
  10. picture

Origin of pictorialism

First recorded in 1865–70; pictorial + -ism

Related formspic·to·ri·al·ist, noun

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