the method of painting of certain French impressionists, in which a white ground is systematically covered with tiny points of pure color that blend together when seen from a distance, producing a luminous effect
Origin of pointillismFrench pointillisme from pointiller, to mark with dots from pointille, dot from Italian puntiglio, diminutive of punto from Classical Latin punctus: see point
A postimpressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes.
Origin of pointillismFrench pointillisme from pointiller to paint small dots, stipple from Old French pointille engraved with small dots from point point from Latin pūnctum from neuter past participle of pungere to prick ; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
- In art, the use of small areas of color to construct an image.