Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.
This weeks words come from two newspaper articles on art.
The first two from a review of the new biography of Vincent van Gogh, which I would be tempted to look at if I was the sort of reader to ever make it through a 912 page biography of an artist.
1. Tenebrous (adjective)
When van Gogh finally gets to Paris in the spring of 1886, he has only one significant painting to his credit, the tenebrous The Potato Eaters.
Gloomy, shadowy, dark. The Free Dictionary.
2. Pointillism (Noun)
It marked the ascendency of pointillism as the leading edge of contemporary art.
The technique of painting elaborated from impressionism, in which dots of unmixed colour are juxtaposed on a white ground so that from a distance they fuse in the viewer's eye into appropriate intermediate tones. The Free Dictionary.
Is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. Wiki
My last word comes from my local small town paper, and an article about the Archibald exhibition at our local art gallery.
3. Panjandrum (Noun)
Like it or not, this is the grand panjandrum with the little red button on top of Australian art exhibitions.
i) An important or self-important person.
ii) A pompous, self-important official or person of rank.
iii) Designation for a pompous official, taken from a story by Samuel Foote (1775). The Free Dictionary.
The Samuel Foote story is The Great Panjandrum Himself.
Somehow, The Great Panjandrum become a massive, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart designed by the British military during World War II.