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Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte A Sunday Afternoon on the Grande Jatte





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"Seurat's Grande Jatte is one of those rare works of art that stand alone; its transcendence is instinctively recognized by everyone. What makes this transcendence so mysterious is that the theme of the work is not some profound emotion or momentous event, but the most banal of workaday scenes: Parisians enjoying an afternoon in a local park. Yet we never seem to fathom its elusive power. Stranger still, when he painted it, Seurat was a mere 25 (with only seven more years to live), a young man with a scientific theory to prove; this is hardly the recipe for success. His theory was optical: the conviction that painting in dots, known as pointillism or divisionism, would produce a brighter color than painting in strokes.


New York, NY, Paris, France, Style: Divisionism or Pointillism, Period: French Pointillist, School: Pointillist, Movement: Post Impressionism : Pointillism, French, Paintings;, Painting

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Style: Divisionism or Pointillism; Period: French Pointillist; School: Pointillist; Movement: Post Impressionism : Pointillism; French; Paintings;

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New York, NY; Paris, France


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Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte A Sunday Afternoon on the Grande Jatte