Sunday, 10 June 2012

Pointillism and Divisionism - Definition



Georges LemmenThe Beach at Heist, c. 1891/2, 
Musée d'Orsay Paris
Pointillism,  also known as Divisionism, is a technique of painting in which small distinct dots of varying colours are applied to a medium, and the pattern from these dots forms an image. As the tin dots become blended in the viewer's eye. The technique was developed in 1886 by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. The technique is a branch of Impressionism and many of the proponents were involved in the Impressionist movement. Other terms which are used in reference to this technique are Divisionism and Neo-Impressionism. The term Pointillism was initially derogatory and used by art critics in 1880s to ridicule works of art which employed this technique.
The Papal Palace, Avignon, oil on canvas, 1900, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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