Definition of photorealism in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəʊtəʊˈrɪəlɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
A style of art and sculpture characterized by the highly detailed depiction of ordinary life with the impersonality of a photograph.
Example sentences
  • Like Picasso, Bacon sought neither photorealism nor photographic verisimilitude, nor were his paintings merely the sum of their sources.
  • The 1950s once again saw two contrasting movements thrive, photorealism and subjectivism.
  • His artwork was visionary, defined by its luscious gouache and photorealism, and his fondness for dressing his characters in the cartileginous mugs of actors like Kirk Douglas.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Even a small photorealist oil painting of a beefy Brian Wilson with the singer's name attached in a glued-on label seems to be the product of a deeply devoted craft.
  • As a technical tour de force, the work is stunning, but its close relationship to photorealist sculpture is somewhat apart from the main thrust of Romero's work.
  • Known for his portraits of movie theaters across small town America, Davis Cone, a photorealist painter, has made a tribute to a New York City icon.


Pronunciation: /fəʊtəʊrɪəˈlɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • Looking at Rod McGehee's vivid, playful renderings of technicolor landscapes and curvaceous buildings, you'd never guess he once made a living painting photorealistic Western art.
  • Dark colors and photorealistic artwork was dominant.
  • Tim Eitel is the most photorealistic of the artists, working in a flat, cool manner suggestive of fashion advertisements, and influenced, perhaps, by Alex Katz.
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