Definition of intimism in English:

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intimism

Pronunciation: /ˈɪntɪmɪz(ə)m/

noun

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

Derivatives

intimist

adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Static, balanced and hushed, this painting is both classical and intimist in spirit.
  • Relying on this intimist perspective, Flam's discussions of individual paintings sometimes depart startlingly from others' readings of the same material.
  • These intimist images project a color-saturated density that is unique in Seidman's work to date.

Origin

Early 20th century: from French intimisme, from Latin intimus 'innermost'.

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