Monday, December 2, 2013
Happy Birthday Georges
Georges Pierre Seurat (2 December 1859 – 29 March 1891) was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising a technique of painting known as pointillism. His large-scale work "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884–1886) altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, becoming one of the icons of late 19th-century painting.
His manner of weaving and layering small brushstrokes indeed achieved a tapestry-like paint surface of complementary and contrasting hues. Even Vincent van Gogh admired Seurat's expansive palette, noting on a visit to Seurat's studio the "fresh revelation of color."
He died young, of menigitis. The Louvre refused the gift of his surviving works so his parents distributed them among his friends, giving the marjority to his common law wife.
Peasant Woman Seated in the Grass (Paysanne assise dans l'herbe), 1883. Oil on canvas, 15 × 18 inches (38.1 × 46.2 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection
In the words of the artist Paul Signac, Neo-Impressionism's greatest propagandist, "the separated elements will be reconstituted into brilliantly colored lights." The separation of color through individual strokes of pigment came to be known as Divisionism, while the application of precise dots of paint came to be called Pointillism.
complete works: http://www.georgesseurat.org/