A Sunday on La Grande Jatte – 1884 Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

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Georges Pierre Seurat was a French post-Impressionist artist. He is best known for devising the painting techniques known as chromoluminarism and pointillism. While less famous than his paintings, Seurat’s conté crayon drawings have also garnered a great deal of critical appreciation. Wikipedia

The Story behind Great Paintings: Georges Seurat – Sunday on the Grande Jatte

Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Grande Jatte. You have been looking at this painting incorrectly, watch and find out why? Georges Seurat the French painter of A Sunday Afternoon on Le Grande Jatte was a Pointillist painter who died when only 31 years old. The artist was born in Paris, France in 1859. This video discusses the story behind the creation of the painting from the initial sketches and preliminary oil paintings, to Seurat’s imaginative use of geometry. It explains what Pointillism or Divisionism as Seurat called it, actually is. It took Georges Seurat 2 years to paint the picture completing the painting in 1886. It was exhibited first at the Maison Doree and then at the Salon des Independents later in 1886. The painting was sold to Frederic Clay Bartlett for $20,000 in the 1920’s and donated to the Art Institute of Chicago where it remains today.

The Grande Jatte is actually a small island in the middle of the river Seine to the west of Paris as it was in 1886. The figures look very static and the couple on the right of the painting seem too big, but this is all part of Georges Seurat’s plan. The geometry of the painting was very carefully worked out. The end of the video reveals the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on Le Grande Jatte’s, great secret. You’ll never look at the painting in quite the same way again.

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