Pointillism. Also known as 'divisionism', it is a painting technique that is based in the optical mix. In Pointillism, tiny dots of unmixed color are juxtaposed on the canvas. The dots blend together in your eye to create tones when you look at the painting from a distance. The French Neo-Impressionist painter George Seurat is credited with developing this technique.

"Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884-86) George Seurat

Related Terms: Optical Mix, Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Painting Art Styles and Schools.

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