divisionist, n., adj.
/di vizh"euh niz'euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.)
[1900-05; DIVISION + -ISM]

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      in painting, the practice of separating colour into individual dots or strokes of pigment. It formed the technical basis for Neo-Impressionism. Following the rules of contemporary colour theory, Neo-Impressionist artists such as Georges Seurat (Seurat, Georges) and Paul Signac (Signac, Paul) applied contrasting dots of colour side by side so that, when seen from a distance, these dots would blend and be perceived by the retina as a luminous whole. Whereas the term divisionism refers to this separation of colour and its optical effects, the term pointillism refers specifically to the technique of applying dots.

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