Seurat believed that every artist had their own vision of art and that they should be allowed the freedom to express it in their paintings and to not be afraid of change. The painting took him two years to complete. His uncompleted painting Le Cirque was shown at the Eight Salon des Independants and before the exhibition was over, he was got ill and died on Easter 1891 at the age of 31. This is a part of the Wikipedia article used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3. Isolated figures, with their clothes piled sculpturally on the riverbank, together with trees, austere boundary walls and buildings, and the River Seine are presented in a formal layout.
In the summer of 1884 Seurat began work on his large-scale pointillist work A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Seurat's studies resulted in a well-considered and fertile theory of contrasts: a theory to which all his work was thereafter subjected. With a paint brush, Seurat used small strokes of the color which gave a blended feel to the painting when viewed from afar. He also briefly served in the military again. Even after the constitution of his final pointillist style, Seurat still used to make numerous drawings and sketches before transferring them to the canvas.
Although very young, George Seurat left behind an influential body of work. As easy as it sounds it was quite labor intensive. His father was a legal officer in La Villette, and his mother was a native Parisian from an upper middle class family. Seurat completed the painting of Bathers at Asnières in 1884, when he was twenty-four years old. The spot depicted is just short of four miles from the centre of Paris.
Later he grew more interested in Gothic art and popular posters, and the influence of these on his work make it some of the first modern art to make use of such unconventional sources for expression. He was focused on drawing, composition, sketching from live models and copying the Old Masters. It was during that time when he began to develop his ideas about pointillism. He also pursued the discovery that contrasting or complementary colors can optically mix to yield far more vivid tones that can be achieved by mixing paint alone. Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte Click image to see larger version When Seurat finally exhibited the painting in 1886, people were amazed.
After the rejection of his Bathers painting by the Salon, Seurat turned to the independent artists of Paris. He completed 7 large-scale paintings and about 500 smaller ones during his lifetime. His early interest in painting was encouraged by informal lessons from his uncle, an amateur painter, Paul Haumonte. The only testimony of their life together was a portrait the Young Woman Powdering Herself. He was only 31 years old. He saw himself in the tradition of great painters, and thought of the figures in his major pictures almost as if they were figures in monumental classical reliefs, though the subject matter - the different urban leisure pursuits of the bourgeois and the working class - was fully modern, and typically Impressionist. The canvas is of a suburban, but placed Parisian riverside scene.
He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the painting techniques known as and pointillism. Georges-Pierre Seurat was born in 1859 in Paris into a wealthy family of merchants. He spent his last summer of 1890, on the coast of Gravelines where he painted four canvases, eight panels, and few drawings. Nevertheless, he borrowed many of his approaches from Impressionism, from his love of modern subject matter and scenes of urban leisure, to his desire to avoid depicting only the 'local', or apparent, color of depicted objects, and instead to try to capture all the colors that interacted to produce their appearance. His parents were wealthy allowing him to focus on his art.
Still borrowing many of his approaches from Impressionism, he advanced technique inventing or Divisionism based on covering the surface with the small dots of color. Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte In 1884 Seurat began to work on his masterpiece. Georges Seurat — The river Seine at La Grande Jatte, 1888, photo via wikiart. He was particularly devoted to the theory of creating harmony and emotion through the scientific use of optics and complementary colors, having been influenced by the books written by the likes of Michel-Eugène Chevreul and Ogden N. Featured image: Georges Seurat — Bathing at Asnieres, 1884, photo via pinterest. Its complex visual effects of light and color layered in a form of contrasting dots that viewed from the distance merge in the eye of the viewer, creating a shimmering appearance that suppresses the simplified forms and lack of the detail. He felt that this technique would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than those created with brush strokes.
This technique is also variably called today as Pointillism, Neo-Impressionism, or Divisionism. Seurat felt that this new way of painting would make the colors appear more brilliant to the viewer. His first exhibited work, shown at the Salon, of 1883, was a Conté crayon drawing of Aman-Jean. Paul Signac Paul Signac was a good friend of Seurat's. Many artists painted canvases from this stretch of the Seine during the 1880s. Georges attended the School of Fine Arts in Paris starting in 1878. Seurat also departed from the Impressionist ideal by preparing for the work with a number of drawings and oil sketches before starting on the canvas in his studio.