neo-impressionism

noun, often capitalized N&I
neo-im·​pres·​sion·​ism | \ ˌnē-ō-im-ˈpre-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce neo-impressionism (audio) \

Definition of neo-impressionism

: a late 19th century French art theory and practice characterized by an attempt to make impressionism more precise in form and the use of a pointillistic painting technique

Other Words from neo-impressionism

neo-impressionist \ ˌnē-​ō-​im-​ˈpre-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce neo-impressionist (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized N&I

First Known Use of neo-impressionism

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neo-impressionism

borrowed from French néo-impressionisme, from néo- neo- + impressionisme impressionism

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The first known use of neo-impressionism was in 1892

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