neo-im·​pres·​sion·​ism ˌnē-ō-im-ˈpre-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce neo-impressionism (audio)
often capitalized N&I
: 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
neo-impressionist adjective or noun often capitalized N&I

Word History


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

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neo-impressionism was in 1892

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“Neo-impressionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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