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pointillism

[ pwan-tl-iz-uhm, -tee-iz-, poin-tl-iz- ]

noun

, (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a theory and technique developed by the neo-impressionists, based on the principle that juxtaposed dots of pure color, as blue and yellow, are optically mixed into the resulting hue, as green, by the viewer.


pointillism

/ ˈpɔɪn-; ˈpwæntɪˌlɪzəm; -tiːˌɪzəm /

noun

  1. the technique of painting elaborated from impressionism, in which dots of unmixed colour are juxtaposed on a white ground so that from a distance they fuse in the viewer's eye into appropriate intermediate tones Also calleddivisionism


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpointillist, nounadjective

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Other Words From

  • pointil·list noun adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pointillism1

1900–05; < French pointillisme, equivalent to pointill ( er ) to mark with points + -isme -ism

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pointillism1

C19: from French, from pointiller to mark with tiny dots, from pointille little point, from Italian puntiglio, from punto point

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Example Sentences

From him we may trace the modern impressionist movement, and from him modern pointillism.

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