pointillism

Discipline: Art

(c. 1886)

A technique closely related to divisionism, first systematically applied by French painter GEORGES SEURAT (1859-1891) in his La Grande Jatte (1886).

Following the theories of CHARLES BLANC and OGDEN N ROOD, Seurat developed a technique of applying pigment of complementary color in small dots which are additively mixed by the eye at a certain distance. This method thereby achieved more luminous color and ensured a more controlled handling of tone.

Source:
C Blanc, Grammaire des Arts du Dessin (1867); O N Rood, Modern Chromatics (1879)

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