Georges Seurat Essay

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The painting that I researched is titled A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat in 1886. Georges Seurat was born on December 2nd in 1859 by parents Ernestine Favire and Anotoine Chrisotome in Paris, France, Seurat had an interest in art at an early age, so while he was still young, he took the initiative and studied with some notable figures such as Justin Lequien, a French sculptor, Henri Lehmann, from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and Humbert de Superville, author of “Essay on the Unmistakable Signs of Art” which had a significant part in Seurat’s inspiration (Artable, 2016). In 1881 at the mere age of 22, Seurat left the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and traveled to the Island La Grande Jatte. The move made a tremendous impact on Seurat’s career by having one of the biggest inspirations he has ever had while on the island and soon declared painting as his career choice. “Seurat’s first painting, Bathers at Asniéres, was rejected by the Paris Salon in 1883 and such rejection took its toll on the artist (Artable, 2016).” Because …show more content…

Impressionism went beyond the normal standards of the time by moving away from illusionism. Started by Impressionist artist Claude Monet with his painting Sunrise but he was then criticized by critic Luis Leroy who gave the witty remark in saying that his painting looked like a mere impression of the sunrise (Post-Impressionism Movement, 2016). Instead of getting upset by the critic’s words Monet simply agreed with the critic, saying in fact that it was an impression to which he later changed the name to Impression: Sunrise. The painters aimed to capture the fleeting movement by using light and shadow, atmosphere and weather and approached the idea of having unfinished qualities into their paintings, characteristics like sketching

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  • Explains that georges seurat's painting, a sunday on la grande jatte, was rejected by the paris salon in 1883, and he decided to join groups des artistes independants.
  • Describes how seurat opened up to paul signac, a fellow artist in the circle of the group, and shared his ideas of pointillism with him.
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