Definition of illusionism in English:



mass noun
  • The principle or technique by which artistic representations are made to resemble real objects or to give an appearance of space by the use of perspective.

    • ‘Venetian art was more painterly than the sculptural art of central Italy, and artists used light and colour more dramatically; Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese developed the expressive power and illusionism of oil painting.’
    • ‘This illusionism is contradicted by brushwork highlighting the front picture plane or establishing ambiguous layers of space lying beyond.’
    • ‘All are frontally oriented works that expose conventions of illusionism by carrying them off of the wall into real space.’
    • ‘The traditional illusionism of the still-life genre (think Zeuxis and Parrhasios as well as de Heem and Chardin) is rejected in favor of bravura flatness and self-revelation of the paint stroke.’
    • ‘Other paintings oscillate between illusionism and a more expressionistic style of depiction.’