Not just another Sunday on La Grand Jatte

Updated: Jun 30


Georges Seurat, 'A Sunday on La Grand Jatte', 1884

“Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science”, Georges Seurat. Georges Seurat was greatly aware of the latest theories about colour perception, and made deliberate use of them in his work. He employs the technique of divisionism and pointillism in his paintings, wherein, small dots of paint are applied on the canvas to form figures. The coloured dots interact optically to create larger images as seen in his paintings such as A Sunday on La Grand Jatte. This scientific approach to the art of painting was a hall mark of the Neo-impressionist style, that he claims to have invented. Even during the time of his undiagnosed illness and untimely death, he was busy exploring the psychological effects of expressive colours and lines.

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