A Closer Look at …. Sunday Afternoon on the Island of The Grande Jatte 1884 – 1886 by Georges Seurat.
Seurat was an artist who was working in Paris in the period known as La Belle Époque. Like The Impressionists, Seurat wanted to paint contemporary life but he didn’t use Impressionist techniques. Why did he think Impressionism was no longer appropriate and why did he develop a new painting technique, (known variously as Pointillism, Neo-Impressione or Divisionism) to paint this monumental painting of Parisian figures at leisure on an island in The Seine?
It took Seurat nearly 2 years to complete and features over 40 figures. Who are these types and why do they appear to be socially distancing?