A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1886, Georges Seurat
207.5 cm308.1 cm

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. SourceDownload

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By turns scientist and anthropologist, Seurat painted A Sunday on La Grande Jatte in the pointellist style, designed to separate the colors presented to the eye to create a truer impression of light. The painting’s subjects, it’s now-famous citizen’s of leisure, Seurat hoped to raise 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.”

Reed Enger, "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," in Obelisk Art History, Published November 25, 2015; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/georges-seurat/a-sunday-on-la-grande-jatte/.

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