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 p&umacron;nctum, 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.