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Study for "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte", 1884

 
 
 
 
 
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Artist Seurat, Georges

La Grande Jatte, an island park in the Seine on the outskirts of Paris , was a favourite place for Sunday afternoon strolls and outdoor recreation. It is here recorded in a sketch made for Seurat’s more formal and intricately planned canvas owned by The Art Institute of Chicago . The sketch combines Impressionist innovations and subject matter with Seurat’s own disciplined method, and catches the atmosphere of a summer afternoon.
Seurat continued the Impressionists’ study of colour on a scientific basis and devised a new method of painting known as “pointillism.” He placed spots of colour next to each other on the canvas so that from a distance of several feet the forms and local colours of the composition came into focus. This method enabled him to create the shimmering effect – so striking here - of coloured objects seen in sunlight and shadow.

 
Date

1884

 
Institution The Metropolitan Museum of Art
   
Medium Oil on canvas
 
Dimensions 70.5 x 104.1 cm
 
 
 
 

 

 

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