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All about Georges Seurat

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Now I am going to analyze two of Georges Seurat's most renowned artworks which also describe and reflect his personality and style of art in the most accurate and precise way. Obstacle 1 Obstacle 2 Obstacle 3 Goal Start Family and education -The image displayed, titled "The Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" is an artwork done by artist Georges Seurat in the year of 1884-1886 in a canvas with dimensions of 207.6 cm x 308 cm (81.7 in x 121.25 in)

-It is painted in the medium of "oil on canvas", and the technique employed in the artwork is known as pointillism. The subject matter of the art is a landscape.

-The foreground shows a group of people in various positions doing various activities. The foreground also displays two animals, one a monkey or ape like creature and the other a dog.

-The middle ground also shows a group of people busy doing various activities. t also has a tree in the left side with a little bit of the lake displayed in the far left. Analysis THE END All about Georges Pierre Seurat Career and later life Image Analysis: Description -Georges Seurat(1859-1891) was born in Paris, France to father, Antoine Seurat who was a wealthy lawyer and mother, Ernestine Faivre on the 2nd of December, 1859.

-He first studied at the École municipale de Sculpture et dessin and later studied at the École des Beaux-Arts whre he was taught by Henri Lehmann.

-In the year of 1879, he left the academy for military service at the Brest military academy.

-After a year at the Brest military academy, he returned to Paris where he shared a studio with his friend Aman-Jean, where they also rented an apartment.

-For the next two years, he worked at mastering the art of monochrome drawing. His first work was exhibited at Salon art gallery, Paris, of a drawing of his friend Aman-Jean. -During the year of 1883 Seurat was working on his first large painting Bathers at Asnieres, which was rejected by the official Salon.

-However, the painting was exhibited by the Societe des Artistes Independants, which was organized as a second Salon.

-At their initial show in 1884, Seurat's 'Bathers at Asnieres' was exhibited along with the works by Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, 'Vincent Van Gogh', and Paul Signac.

-There Seurat exhibited seven of his works in 1887. His collaboration with Signac led to foundation and development of Neo-Impressionism, the artistic movement also known as Pointillism or Divisionism. Seurat himself preferred the term Divisionism.

-Later, the artist married a young woman named Madeline Knobloch who was one of his art models. In February, 1890, she gave birth to their first son.

-Seurat died on March 29th, 1891 because of a very severe case of throat cancer. He was laid to rest in the Cimitiere du Pere-Lachaise in Paris, France. The Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) Interpretation -Although the artwork does not have a specific meaning, it is probably a memory or something that the artist has observed or experienced in his life. The artist might have wanted to preserve and cherish this memory, because it was most likely a happy memory or a memory that was very dear and important to the artist

-The title to this artwork "The Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886)" precisely and accurately describes the location, time etc of this image, thus enhancing the artist's originally intended meaning and giving the viewer a "heads-up". Judgement -Line is created by the shoreline and waves in the lake, which also creates the effect of motion. It makes the viewer feel that the image is alive and moving.

-The colour used in the artwork are very bright. The warm colours create a very happy and joyful mood while cool colours used in the majority of the picture (grass,trees,water) create a relaxing and calm mood.

-The colours also creates an effect of value with shade in the foreground to moderately bright tint in the middle ground and ultimately leading to the immensely bright tint in the background. This contributes to the realism of the picture, making it look very realistic and alive.

-Texture in the artwork is diverse and unique.There is soft smooth grass to rough barks of the trees, reflecting the variety of the texture in the artwork.

-The focal point of the picture is the lady with the child holding a parasol. This is the focal point because it really stands out, because of its central position and creates a sense of dominance in the picture, leading the viewer's eye right to it. -Overall, the image is a beautiful and majestic piece of art, that soothes the viewer's eye. I admire that the artist used various techniques like using warm and cool colours together to create a contrasting value beside the main technique which is pointillism.

-I also liked that he used the elements of art in a very interesting way like using bright colours to create a sense of sunlight and using lines in the lake to create waves which also creates an illusion of movement.

-In my opinion, I think that the artisit has been very successful in communicating his message. In brief, I like this picture because it is well organized and has an exciting design. Promenade matinale à la senne (1885) Description -The artwork is painted by artist, Georges Seurat. The artwork is titled "Promenade matinale à la senne" and was painted in the year of 1885 in a canvas with dimensions of 24.9 x 15.7 cm.

-The medium used is known as "oil on canvas" and the technique used is called pointillism. The subject matter is landscape.

-There is a piece of land visible in the foreground, which has a large tree with dark green leaves and a lady with a parasol and her pet dog, who is in a running position. Analysis BY: NAVIL SAAD... Interpretation: Judgement: -Line is displayed on the water, which also creates a sense of motion and an illusion, that the water is flowing or is in a movement.

-There are lots of colours used in this art piece. Cool colours like blue and green are the most used while warm colours like red or reddish pink is in minor use.

-The transition of colours from the foreground, which are darker flowing to the background which are lighter create a feel of shade and tint and thus emphasize value. Due to the excessive use of cool colours, the mood created in the artwork is relaxation.

-Texture is represented by the grass, water, sky etc which have their own distinct and unique textures, from smooth to rough.

-Shape and volume are represented by different objects, each having a different shape and volume.

-Space is represented by the larger and closer objects in the foreground to smaller and distant objects in the background, creating a sense of distance.

-The focal point of the picture is the woman holding the parasol, which is the dominant spot and leads the viewer right to it, when he/she views the artwork the first time. The artwork is asymmetrical, thus having an informal balance. -The artist is trying to share one of his memories that are very dear and important to him to the viewer. This memory is most likely one of his happiest memory of his life. He might also want to share the beauty of the place or landscape that he has painted.

-The title "a morning walk at the river Seine" thoroughly describes the location and time of day, this artwork is representing. So, the title is very important and adds to the meaning of the artwork. -I admire that the artist has used so many elements of art, each having its own distinct role in enhancing the artwork.

-The artwork in my opinion, looks really good although, the artwork is blurry. Yes, I think that the artist has been vary successful in communication his intended meaning to the viewer. I mostly like this because it is such a realistic painting with accurate details. -The season reflected in the artwork is most likely to be spring, (because of lush green grass and bright sun) and possibly summer time.

-The time of day displayed in the artwork is an afternoon of Sunday as depicted in the title and is proven because of the bright sun -The background consists of tall and lush green hills with pink coloured bungalows on them. Large trees are visible behind the bungalows.

-The season portrayed seems to be spring, judging by the bright green grass and lush green trees.

-The weather seems sunny and reflects that the time of day might be the morning. The title itself translates to "a morning walk at the Seine river." -The artwork is very balanced owing to the almost same amount of people in both sides(left and right) in all of the parts in the picture, although, the water in the left creates a sort of asymmetry and thus informal balance. So overall, the image is asymmetrical and has an informal balance.

-Space is shown by people in the foreground, who are visually quite large to very tiny people in the background in the viewer's perspective, creating a very strong sense of distance which also contributes to the picture's realism. -Shape and volume are created by various people in various positions doing different activities. -The middle ground consists of mostly water, with a boat in the left side, which seems to be in motion. -The background is covered with lush green trees in the majority of the background along with people doing all sorts of activities and rest of the water body in the left with a shore observed in the left-back of the image. There are various kinds of boats in the water, which are in a moving position. The sky in the left is covered with bright white clouds. -The focal point is located in the middle ground located in the center point( the lady holding a parasol up and a little child beside her).
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