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Transcript of Georges Seurat
Georges Seurat Bathers at Asnieres This painting is made of oil on a canvas, and made in 1886. It is 66.7 x 81.9 cm also it is kept at "The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C." The Lighthouse at Honfleur December 2, 1859 - March 29, 1891 Georges Seurat was born into a rich family in Paris on December 2, 1859 He first studied art with a sculptor named Justin Lequiene in 1880. In 1883 he spent the first long time to make a big painting on a canvas called Bathers at Asnieres. Then the painting got rejected by the Paris salon . Now I have a few paintings that he made that inspired me the most... A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte This painting took 2 years for Georges to make (1884-1886). This painting is all made up of thousands of little dots. This type of art is called pointillism and he enclosed the whole painting with a pure white, wooden frame. These days the painting is kept at Art Institute Of Chicago.. This was made in Paris in 1882, and completed in 1884. This format of the painting is pointillism, and is landscape. The media is oil and it was made on a canvas. Right now it is kept at “Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. Horse and Cart This painting was made and finished in 1884. This was when he was twenty four years old, and for this painting Georges used a technique called contemporary colour theory with gentle strokes of oil and various brushes. The painting is on a canvas of the dimensions 201 cm × 300 cm. Right now this painting is kept at the National Gallery in London. A while later Georges made a big painting called “ A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” This painting was one of Georges most famous painting later on......... View of Fort Samson, Grandcamp I liked this picture because it reminds me of Florida. Georges made this painting in 1886, the painting is an oil painting on a canvas and its in The Hermitage, St. Petersburg; Formerly Collection of Bernhard Koehler, Berlin. Even though Georges had a short life, he was a great artist. During his life he made 7 big paintings, spending a year or two on each one. Each painting was unforgettable, and now kept at a museum for everybody to see. Later on Georges died on March 29, 1891 from a throat infection that choked him to death, this also happened to his young son and his dad a month later. 1859 1891 1883: His first peice of art was exhibited 1878: He went to École des Beaux-Arts. 1859: Seurat was born. 1879: He left École des Beaux-Arts. Seurat Died 1883: He worked on his first major painting called "Bathers At Asnières. 1884 "Bathers At Asnières" got rejected by the Paris Salon. Also in 1884 Seurat started a very famous painting called "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" which took him 2 years to make. 1890: He had a son and named him "Pierre Georges". 1880: He returned to paris. CRITIQUE What is the subject matter? Most of the paintings are made out of oil Is this a still life (group of things), portrait (a painting, drawing or sculpture of a person), landscape/seascape/city scape (picture of the land/water/city), other (explain)? Yes because all he did was paint portraits of places he has been to / seen. Is this artwork realistic (as real as possible)? abstract (distorted reality)? non-objective (as far from reality as possible)? symbolic? functional? other (explain)? Almost as real as possible because he painted his paintings on real places. The only thing stopping it from reality is the way he painted it, dots. I know this because you wouldn't see dotted people walking around Niagara Falls. Can you identify a color scheme? It depends on which painting you are talking about, because there are alot. But in most of them, they are warm and cool colours. Because it's not like he's an abstract artist like picasso which used bright colours in most of his paintings. Why do you think the artist might have chosen the colors she/he did? Do they make sense? Maybe because it depends what people are wearing, but the colours make sense for that outfit, like a church dress would be warm purple and not hot pink. And it did make sense because the colours matched the trees, ocean / beach, and nature. What kind of lines did the artist use? How does the texture add to the work? etc. He only used dots after his first painting got rejected. So it looks like thousands and thousands of dots. What do you think the artists was trying to say? I think he was just trying to make the paintings match the outside world. Why do you think he/she chose this subject? I think he chose this subject because maybe he really liked nature and or outside. By: Lindsay