Definition of photorealism in English:


Syllabification: pho·to·re·al·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈfōtōˈrēəˌlizəm


  • 1Detailed and unidealized representation in art, especially of banal, mundane, or sordid aspects of life.
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    • 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.
  • 2Detailed visual representation, like that obtained in a photograph, in a nonphotographic medium such as animation or computer graphics.
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    • While adults express concerns regarding photorealism in games, children, the survey suggests, are well able to separate reality from the fictional environment of the game world.
    • With slightly less attention to photorealism, perhaps people would be less likely to complain about Spider-Man's apparent weightless landings and take them more in the spirit of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
    • The G40 builds on the G34 by adding programmable pixel shaders and is being pitched at apps that need a higher level of photorealism than games.



noun & adjective
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  • 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: /ˌfōtōˌrēəˈlistik/
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  • 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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