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Pointillism (from French) is a term used to describe a special system of late impressionist painting developed by Georges Surant (1859–1991) and Paul Signac (1863–1935). Contrary to the practice of colour mixing on the palette, pointillism consists of applying separated spots or dots of pre-colour, side by side on the canvas, e.g., red and yellow for orange, red and blue for mauve, etc. Theoretically, at the right distance, the spectator’s eye automatically mixes the colours. Pointillism is also used on textiles and clothes for visual effects.

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