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[pik-tawr-ee-uh-liz-uh m, -tohr-] /pɪkˈtɔr i əˌlɪz əm, -ˈtoʊr-/
Fine Arts. the creation or use of pictures or visual images, especially of recognizable or realistic representations.
emphasis on purely photographic or scenic qualities for its own sake, sometimes with a static or lifeless effect:
The movie's self-conscious pictorialism makes it little more than a travelogue.
Origin of pictorialism
1865-70; pictorial + -ism
Related forms
pictorialist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Her narrative ballads have a swift directness and an impressive pictorialism which hold the imagination and stir the blood.
  • pictorialism seems to be missing from modern topographic maps, but persists in conventional signs and colors.
  • But it has a superb pictorialism which perpetually crackles and explodes.
  • pictorialism, as every painter learns, has a mind of its own.

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