Definition of intimism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈin(t)əˌmizəm/ /ˈɪn(t)əˌmɪzəm/


  • A style of painting showing intimate views of domestic interiors using impressionist techniques, used by artists such as Bonnard in the early 20th century.

    ‘Far from twee though, these works are rooted in the gutsy intimism of Bonnard and Vuillard.’
    • ‘Clearly, this is no accident of intimism, but the artist at play with ambiguity and abstraction.’
    • ‘Mr. Tuttle's rapturous brand of intimism in the form of exquisite assemblages caress the walls of the Whitney Museum.’
    • ‘In pictures in the intimist spirit he abandoned the subdued color scheme of intimism to experiment with unusual, somewhat dissonant color combinations in a way that influenced the fauves - to be seen hereafter - and then, in turn, he was influenced by them.’
    • ‘If all this implies a kind of Vuillard-like intimism in her work that would give a quite false impression of the boldly artistic and intensely painterly means through which she chooses to explore such themes.’


Early 20th century from French intimisme, from Latin intimus ‘innermost’.



/ˈin(t)əˌmizəm/ /ˈɪn(t)əˌmɪzəm/