A branch of French Impressionism, it is the application of color with tiny dots or small, isolated brush strokes to create an optical mixture of broken color. Forms are visible in a pointillist painting only from a distance, when the viewer’s eye blends the colors to create visual masses and outlines. The inventor and chief exponent of was George Seurat (1859-1891); the other leading figure was Paul Signac (1863-1935). Source: Ralph Mayer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques"
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