pic·​to·​ri·​al·​ism | \ pik-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce pictorialism (audio) \

Definition of pictorialism

1 : the use or creation of pictures or visual images
2 : a movement or technique in photography emphasizing artificial often romanticized pictorial qualities

Other Words from pictorialism

pictorialist \ pik-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​list How to pronounce pictorialism (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of pictorialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her way is short on pomp in her exquisite calligraphic musical pictorialism. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of pictorialism

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pictorialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pictorialism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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