/ ˈpwantēˌyizəm; ˈpointlˌizəm/
a technique of neo-Impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colors, which become blended in the viewer's eye. It was developed by Seurat with the aim of producing a greater degree of luminosity and brilliance of color.
/ ˌpwantēˈyēst; ˈpointl-ist/ n. & adj.
/ ˌpwantēˈyistik; ˌpointlˈistik/ adj.
method of impressionist painters consisting in the use of small dots of colour. XIX. — F., f. pointiller
mark with small points or dots, f. pointille
— It. puntiglio
, f. punto
= F. point POINT
; see -ISM
pointillism (Fr. pointiller, ‘to dot’)
Technique of painting in regular dots or small dashes of pure colour, developed from neo-impressionism
by Georges Seurat
. When looked at from a distance, the dots create a vibrant optical effect.