Georges Seurat, Bathers at Asnieres, 1884
Georges Seurat, La Tour Eiffel, 1889
Georges Seurat, 1883, The Harnessed Horse
Georges Seurat, 1886, Model in Profile, Model from the Front, Model in from the Back
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Georges Seurat, 1859-1891
One of my earliest memories of a painting was seeing A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Seurat on a small piece of card as part of a picture-based board game we had at home. I could never remember the whole title, or even the artist’s name, but the image stayed with me.
Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and father of the Pointillist style, along with friend and associate Paul Signac, (Seurat and Signac, I still manage to get these two muddled up). Pointillism is a technique that uses small individual dots or splodges of single colour to create an image when seen as a whole. Like the term ‘Impressionism’, ‘Pointillism’ was originally coined as an insult, but has since become the standard term for paintings of this style.
La Seine and la Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat, 1888
Circus Sideshow by Georges Seurat, 1888. Seurat uses tonal intensity to create depth in this Pointillist piece, leaving the dark middle figure to take centre stage.
Fishing in the Seine by Georges Seurat, 1883. This is one of Seurat’s earlier pieces (though he died young at 31) and it can be clearly seen that his Pointillist style is yet to be developed into the recognisable compositions we see today. This is more of an Impressionist style, though perhaps the vibrant tones are more attributed to a post-Impressionist technique.
Suburbs by Georges Seurat, c.1882-83. This was painted during a stage where Seurat’s Pointillist style was much more raw and fuzzy than it eventually became, with some of his more well known works. This is more of an Impressionist take.