The pieces make up the whole

This gallery displays works that have in common the fact that they were all composed using small units. The small and independent units, either dots, dense strokes of ink, graphics, glass, or paper cutouts, are applied in pattern to form the image. This allows the final composition to be rich in details.

In this pointillist work, Pissarro applies very small patches of pure colors that seem to fuse with one another. This creates a scene that accurately depicts the impression of light in a harvest field.
Another pointillist work by Pissarro, this painting once again shows the effect of light on the environment. The idea of shade and the smooth transition between hues of color are other elements present in the piece.
This artwork by Seurat was made through the masterful application of the pointillism technique. In the piece, we can see that the application of small dots of colors blend beautifully to convey an image that is rich in details.
This painting by Dubois-Pillet takes the pointillism technique to a whole new level. The artwork captures the essence of sunlight in the landscape, while incorporating great detail and easy transition of colors.
This piece by contemporary artist Chuck Close makes use of small black and white units of graphic prints that when put together in a patterned way compose the countenance of the artist in his 1988 self-portrait.
This mosaic in lapis lazuli by artist Gul Lee applies the different-colored pieces of rock in such a way that the center of the composition is kept intentionally brighter so as to enhance the action of the polo players.
This mosaic, first crafted to decorate the apse of the St. Peter's basilica, is a personification of the Roman Church. The different colored glass-paste tesserae were combined in patterns to create an image that conveys austerity and richness.
This Roman piece is made out of thousands of closely arranged tesserae. The artwork shows an action scene in which centaurs engage in a deadly fight with wild cats. The piece is extremely rich in details and the arrangement of the small pieces is so perfect that from afar we can hardly tell that it is a mosaic.
This collage by contemporary Czech artist Jiří Kolář purposely shuffles the position of the unitary squares that make up the composition. In this way, the artist creates his own interpretation of the widely represented goddess Venus.
This abstract collage makes use of small paper cutouts that combine to form an imagery open to the viewer's interpretation.
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