Definitions for illusionismɪˈlu ʒəˌnɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
il•lu•sion•ismɪˈlu ʒəˌnɪz əm(n.)
a technique of using pictorial methods in order to deceive the eye.
Category: Fine Arts
Ref: Compare trompe l'oeil.
Origin of illusionism:
The performance of magical tricks.
The theory of dealing with illusions.
The doctrine that the material world is an illusion.
The use of illusionary effects in sculpture and art.
Illusionism in art history means either the artistic tradition in which artists create a work of art that appears to share the physical space with the viewer or more broadly the attempt to represent physical appearances precisely – also called mimesis. The term realist may be used in this sense, but that also has rather different meanings in art, as it is also used to cover the choice of ordinary everyday subject-matter, and avoiding idealizing subjects. Illusionism encompasses a long history, from the deceptions of Zeuxis and Parrhasius to the works of muralist Richard Haas in the twentieth century, that includes trompe-l'oeil, anamorphosis, Op art, Abstract Illusionism, and Illusionistic ceiling painting techniques such as di sotto in sù and quadratura. Sculptural illusionism includes works, often painted, that appear real from a distance. Other forms, such as the illusionistic tradition in the theatre, and Samuel van Hoogstraten's "peepshow"-boxes from the seventeenth-century, combine illusionistic techniques and media.
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