il·​lu·​sion·​ism | \ i-ˈlü-zhə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce illusionism (audio) \

Definition of illusionism

: the use of artistic techniques (such as perspective or shading) to create the illusion of reality especially in a work of art

Examples of illusionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Graphically, its sophistication is immense, switching back and forth between flat typography and 3-D illusionism. Washington Post, "From Basquiat to ‘Black Panther’: How graffiti went mainstream," 27 Oct. 2020 The Symbolists favored poetry and suggestion over the coarse explicitness of naturalistic illusionism. Washington Post, "These painters found calm in an age of distraction — more than a century ago," 23 Dec. 2019 The work takes illusionism to mesmerizing heights never envisioned by artists in the Renaissance. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Can video games inspire serious art? Akron Art Museum answers with a resounding yes," 8 Dec. 2019 James Havard’s abstract illusionism paintings from the ’80s are displayed next to one of Sayre Gomez‘s enigmatic acrylic pieces from 2016. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 Each vignette floats, isolated against a slick sea of black, drawing a parallel between the illusionism of stage magic and the tricks of commercial photography. The New Yorker, "Sarah Charlesworth," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of illusionism

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Illusionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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