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(pwăn`təlĭz'əm): see postimpressionismpostimpressionism,
term coined by Roger Fry to refer to the work of a number of French painters active at the end of the 19th cent. who, although they developed their varied styles quite independently, were united in their rejection of impressionism.
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(1) In painting, one of the names for a method used by the neo-impressionists in which tiny points of color are methodically applied. A synonym is divisionism.

(2) In 20th-century music, a type of notation characterized by the prevalence of individual sounds-dots over melodic motifs or chords. It is encountered in works by A. von Webern, P. Boulez, K. Stockhausen, and other avant-garde composers. Pointillism often results in the destruction of the melodic line.

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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
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The portrait was done by Duncan Osborne, of Holmfirth, in a pointillist style where the image is made up of thousands of small dots.
As with the pixels in digital printing or dots in pointillist painting, a vast spectrum of possible combinations arising from a fixed palette can give the appearance of infinite variety.
Orff's clever painting with words include lines for the choral tenors to gallop in repetitions of "equitavit" (horses running), chant-style intoning where the syllables are oddly shifted off-beat and staccato singing for a whole paragraph's worth of text to paint a pointillist scenario.
Secondly, Pearl Harbor Christmas suggests an almost pointillist impression of immediacy.
Bryan paints largely in a pointillist style, lots of tiny dots making up the pictures, except for when large amounts of colour make up something dramatic, such as the yellow sky in Harvest Ending.
Aubyn shares Patrick's gift for observation, and his radar for pictorial and emotional detail enables him to capture just about anything in his pointillist prose, be it a mood, a person or a place." MICHIKO KAKUTANI
Hastings accomplishes this through a supple style, pointillist attention to the telling or intriguing incident or anecdote and interpretive insight from a lifetime of research and reflection.
Swamplandials thematic emphasis on molting, regeneration, identity dissolution and re-formation is everywhere apparent: in the Bird Man's feather coat, in the ophidian devil's promise to metamorphose into a winged divinity of air, wind, and transcendence; in the pointillist hemorrhage of mosquito bites foreshadowing the ruptured hymen of Ava's bloodied innocence.
The pointillist style landscapes and interiors are reminiscent of neo-impressionists in their quiet, contemplative nature.
Jeffery characterises the work of MI6 in the period under discussion as much less the account of 'masterspies' and more a 'pointillist painting' that is derived from sometimes thousands of fragments of information, often from train and ship spotters--or in the case of one Berne based asset (a meteorologist) during the First World War, daily mountain treks to check wind conditions.
Through this pointillist' case law - which some say is a real tangle - it delivers a clear message: gambling is a particular service whose organisation can be controlled by member states if they can substantiate coherent implementation based on the pursuit of public interest objectives.