In the wake of Impressionism, Georges Seurat
was another self-conscious outsider harboring equally monumental ambitions.
Artists represented in this excellent series include: Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Jacob Lawrence, Kazimir Malevich, Rembrandt, Georges Seurat
, Piero della Francesca and Mary Cassatt.
Some of the important dates in the life of Georges Seurat
are added along with a glossary and selected bibliography.--J.J.H.
He sometimes says that his old method of working with the airbrush was like waving a magic wand in front of the canvas, the picture itself effortlessly appearing as if "an image [had] moved in on a fog and fell into the painting." It's a magic Close finds in an equally amazing pictorialist, who in his own time was regarded as too caught up in procedures, Georges Seurat
: "While you're aware of the making, the artist's hand has almost disappeared.
After introducing Georges Seurat
and pointillism, line desks with newspaper.
Van Gogh's work was, in all likelihood, a provisional response to Georges Seurat
's monumental procession of suburban humanity in Un Dimanche apres-midi a l'ile de la Grand Jatte (Sunday afternoon on the island of the Grande Jatte, 1884-86).(8) The blank, undecided nature of the painting was an achievement in itself and may be the grounds for its accuracy, but it resists any more ambitious scale than the one Van Gogh gave it.
Everyone got involved following a sixth-grade study of Post-Impressionism, Pointillism and Georges Seurat
. The entire school worked cooperatively on a 4' x 5' mural of "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte." The famous
But, one project that we are particularly proud of, is our attempt to recreate Georges Seurat
's pointillism painting of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte.
To help combat this tightness, it is helpful to acquaint students with various historical approaches to art ("isms"), and students seem especially curious about the techniques of Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat
, Paul Cezanne and Claude Monet.
We observed a pamphlet in which a radio station had reproduced one end of Georges Seurat
's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and had placed headphones on the people and the monkey.
They gathered many of their ideas from the work of earlier artists, most notably Paul Cezanne, El Greco, Dominique Ingres and Georges Seurat
. In addition, they began to adapt ideas from African art that was just then being imported into France.
Paintings by Paul Cezanne are called "Post-Impressionism." Those by Paul Gauguin are examples of "Symbolism." And a group of artists, under the leadership of Georges Seurat
, used a system of painting called "Pointillism" (or "Neo-Impressionism").