pointillism

noun, often capitalized poin·til·lism \ ˈpwaⁿ(n)-tē-ˌyi-zəm , ˈpȯin-tə-ˌli-zəm \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

pointillist

play \ˌpwaⁿ(n)-tē-ˈyēst, ˈpȯin-tə-list\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of pointillism

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


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


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