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pointillism

noun [U]     /ˈpɔɪn.tɪ.lɪ.zəm/ /ˈpwæn-/ US  /ˈpwæn.tə.lɪ-/ specialized
a style of painting developed in France at the end of the 19th century in which a painting is created out of small spots of pure colour which seem to mix when seen from far awayArt history and artistic movements pointillist     /-lɪst/ adjective, noun [C] specialized Seurat's "Une Baignade" is a well-known pointillist painting. Seurat and Signac were two of the most famous Pointillists.ArtistsArt history and artistic movements
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