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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

Georges Seurat, 1884 – 1886
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat
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207.5 cmA Sunday on La Grande Jatte scale comparison308.1 cm
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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte is a Post-Impressionist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Georges Seurat from 1884 to 1886. It lives at the Art Institute of Chicago in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged River Bank and Pointillist artwork. SourceDownload

By turns scientist and anthropologist, Seurat painted A Sunday on La Grande Jatte in the pointillist style, designed to separate the colors presented to the eye to create a truer impression of light. Seurat hoped to raise the painting’s subjects, its now-famous citizens of leisure, to the status of icons—as he described to the French poet Gustave Kahn, “The Panathenaeans of Phidias formed a procession. I want to make modern people, in their essential traits, move about as they do on those friezes, and place them on canvases organized by harmonies of color.”

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