pointillist

pointillism

[pwan-tl-iz-uhm, -tee-iz-, poin-tl-iz-]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
a theory and technique developed by the neo-impressionists, based on the principle that juxtaposed dots of pure color, as blue and yellow, are optically mixed into the resulting hue, as green, by the viewer.

Origin:
1900–05; < French pointillisme, equivalent to pointill(er) to mark with points + -isme -ism

pointillist, noun, adjective
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pointillism (ˈpwæntɪˌlɪzəm, -tiːˌɪzəm, ˈpɔɪn-)
 
n
Also called: divisionism the technique of painting elaborated from impressionism, in which dots of unmixed colour are juxtaposed on a white ground so that from a distance they fuse in the viewer's eye into appropriate intermediate tones
 
[C19: from French, from pointiller to mark with tiny dots, from pointille little point, from Italian puntiglio, from puntopoint]
 
'pointillist
 
n, —adj

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pointillism
1901, from Fr. pointiller "to cover with pointilles," small dots, pl. dim. of point (see point (n.)). Pointillist is attested from 1891.
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