Georges Seurat

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WHO: Georges Seurat

WHEN: 1888

Georges Seurat was born in Paris, France on December 2, 1859. When he was young he took drawing lessons and later on went on to study at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Seurat really liked to experiment with color and the science of how we see it. Instead of mixing 2 different colors to get the color he wanted he would paint 2 dots of different color next to each other and your eyes would mix the two colors to see the one color he really wanted us to see. This style of painting is called Pointillism. So if he wanted to paint green grass, instead of mixing yellow and blue paint he would just use a lot of small yellow and blue dots. In 1883 Seurat began his first huge painting called Bathers at Asnieres.

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WHO: Georges Seurat

WHAT: Bathers at Asnieres

WHEN: 1884

He wanted it to be exhibited at the Paris Salon, but they didn’t like it and said no! Whatever, he got together with a bunch of other artists that the salon didn’t like and named their group Societe des Artistes Independants. In 1884 Seurat began another huge painting called A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. This painting took him two whole years to complete!

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WHO: Georges Seurat

WHAT: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

WHEN: 1884-1886

This is a close up of the painting above, see how he painted little dots. This is part of the little brown dog on the bottom right:

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 Seurat died in 1891. He painted 7 huge paintings and about 500 smaller ones in his lifetime.

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