[pik-tawr-ee-uh-liz-uhm, -tohr-]
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.

1865–70; pictorial + -ism

pictorialist, noun
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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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