pointillism

noun, often capitalized
poin·​til·​lism | \ ˈpȯin-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce pointillism (audio) , ˈpwaⁿ(n)-tē-ˌyi-zəm How to pronounce pointillism (audio) \

Definition of pointillism

: the theory or practice in art of applying small strokes or dots of color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together

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Other Words from pointillism

pointillist \ ˈpȯin-​tə-​list How to pronounce pointillist (audio) , ˌpwaⁿ(n)-​tē-​ˈyēst How to pronounce pointillist (audio) \ noun

Examples of pointillism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 Instead of heavy breathing and heaving bodices, this adaptation owes more to the pointillism of Wes Anderson, with its dioramic compositions, brightly colored symmetries, and fishbowl sets. Ross Douthat, National Review, "The Pleasures of Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.," 2 Apr. 2020 The museum houses the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer, with a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. USA TODAY, "Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch Singer Laren Museum in overnight heist," 31 Mar. 2020 The Singer Laren’s collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism, and cubism. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid," 30 Mar. 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Mike Corder, Houston Chronicle, "Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid," 30 Mar. 2020 My kids always find Georges Seurat's pointillism fascinating. Anna Lane, USA TODAY, "13 things to keep kids entertained if quarantined for coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of pointillism

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pointillism

French pointillisme, from pointiller to stipple, from point spot, from Old French — more at point

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The first known use of pointillism was in 1897

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11 Jun 2020

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“Pointillism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointillism. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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pointillism

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of pointillism

: a style of painting in which a picture is formed from small dots of color

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