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[dih-vizh-uh-niz-uh m] /dɪˈvɪʒ əˌnɪz əm/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1900-05; division + -ism
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divisionist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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the pointillism of Seurat and his followers
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divisionist, noun, adjective
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in painting, the practice of separating colour into individual dots or strokes of pigment. It formed the technical basis for Neo-Impressionism. Following the rules of contemporary colour theory, Neo-Impressionist artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac applied contrasting dots of colour side by side so that, when seen from a distance, these dots would blend and be perceived by the retina as a luminous whole. Whereas the term divisionism refers to this separation of colour and its optical effects, the term pointillism refers specifically to the technique of applying dots

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