Definition of illusionism in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ɪˈluːʒ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
The principle or technique by which artistic representations are made to resemble real objects or to give an appearance of space by the use of perspective.
Example sentences
  • Venetian art was more painterly than the sculptural art of central Italy, and artists used light and colour more dramatically; Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese developed the expressive power and illusionism of oil painting.
  • This illusionism is contradicted by brushwork highlighting the front picture plane or establishing ambiguous layers of space lying beyond.
  • All are frontally oriented works that expose conventions of illusionism by carrying them off of the wall into real space.



Example sentences
  • Magritte was an illusionistic surrealist who lived through the Nazi occupation of Belgium and war years of the mid-1900s.
  • Caravaggio returns to the half-length format of his early genre scenes, but all naturalistic bravura and illusionistic detail are gone.
  • Chardin's softer, more painterly realism exhibits a Rococo temperament stylistically fused with an illusionistic aim, each moderating the other.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: il¦lu¦sion|ism

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.