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Transcript of Georges Seurat
December 2, 1859
March 9, 1891
Seurat mainly painted with oil. His main subjects were figure, landscapes, scenery, and abstract. Seurat played a major role in the Post-Impressionism movement.
When Seurat submitted his first major painting, Bathers at Asniéres, to the Paris Salon, it was rejected. The Salon rejected it because of how different it was from all of the other paintings of the time.
After the rejection, Seurat did not try and submit more paintings. Instead he joined with a group of artists that supported a more modern form of art.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Georges Seurat combined art and science by taking the science of color and using it in his work. He would put tiny dots of color next to each other so that far away it would look like a new color. This style of art became known as Pointillism.
Pointillism: form of painting in which tiny dots of primary-colors are used to generate secondary colors
Bathers at Asniéres
Seurat painted A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte using little dots of color (pointillism). This is his most famous painting because it clearly shows the style he helped form.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte was criticized for being too mathematical. People disliked the individual points of color opposed to blending. They also criticized Seurat for the position of the people, always facing to the side or straight forward.
Bridge at Courbevoie
Le Bec du Hoc Grandcamp