SEURAT, Georges Pierre

Georges-Pierre Seurat (2 December 1859 – 29 March 1891) was a French painter and the founder of Neo-impressionism. His large work Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, his most famous painting, altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, and is one of the icons of 19th century painting.

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Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte shows members of each of the social classes participating in various park activities. The tiny juxtaposed dots of multi-coloured paint (see also Pointillism) allow the viewer's eye to blend colours optically, rather than having the colours blended on the canvas or pre-blended as a material pigment.

It took Seurat two years to complete this ten foot wide painting, much of which he spent in the park sketching in preparation for the work (there are about 60 studies). It is now exhibited in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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