Pointillism Projects

George Seurat

A little history... by Ryan Ray
He was a well known French neoimpressionist, who is considered the founder of pointillism. When he was in his younger years, he started out in black and white work, and then he went to light colors. Portrait of the artist's mother is a fine example of Seurat's shared, with the older artist's , dedication to clarity of design and above all to harmonious arrangement of forms. He was 23 years old when his first great canvas became popular. "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884), an oil on canvas painting, shows Parisians having a great time on their day off at an island on the Seine. Invitation to the Sideshow ("La Parade") painted in 1887-89 depicts the fine brushstrokes that covered the canvas with precise dots of orange, yellow and blue.

"He was attracted to color which is controlled by fixed laws which can be taught like music." quotes Eugene Delacroix. He didn't copy anybody elses work, he did his own work.

Seurat built up his forms by placing small dots of primary colors into his own patterns producing an effect of light that is disturbed or spread, known as diffused light, and atmospheric vibration without losing the quality of the colors.