Pointillism is a painting technique in which tiny dots of pure, unmixed colour are applied to a surface in particular patterns to form a larger overall image. The technique most often only uses primary colours which are blended throughout the image to create a wider range of tones, rather than mixing colours before application. Pointillism emerged in the 1880s as an extension of Impressionism. The term was first used in reference to the work of Georges Seurat who is considered to be the most closely associated artist with the movement.

Pictured is his famous work, ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte .