Pronunciation: (fō"tō-rē'u-liz"um),[key] —n.(sometimes cap.) a style of painting flourishing in the 1970s, esp. in the U.S., England, and France, and depicting commonplace scenes or ordinary people, with a meticulously detailed realism, flat images, and barely discernible brushwork that suggests and often is based on or incorporates an actual photograph. Also,pho'to re'alism.Also called sharp-focus realism, superrealism.