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Georges Seurat Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is a Georges Seurat Post-Impressionism masterpiece. The Seurat Sunday Afternoon painting took the artist and draftsman two years to complete. Using a new technique that would later be dubbed as pointillism, the Seurat A Sunday on La Grande Jatte magnum opus was painted using dots rather than brush strokes. Georges Seurat A Sunday on La Grande Jatte showed artists and enthusiasts alike a new process in bringing the shapes on the canvas to life using color in its most primitive form.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is considered an icon in 19th Century painting. The Seurat Sunday Afternoon piece ended the Impressionism paintings period and brought about the Neo-Impressionism art movement. The Seurat A Sunday on La Grande Jatte shows the obsession Georges Seurat had with color, and its impact on optical perception. This particular oil painting plays with the viewer's eyes, as it becomes harder to see the closer the viewer gets; an optical illusion accurately portrayed in the 1986 film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Anyone who has seen the film remembers the scene where the character Cameron is visiting the original artwork's current home, the Art Institute of Chicago, staring at the 10-foot-wide painting. As the camera pans closer to a child portrayed in Seurat's masterpiece, the clarity dilutes.
While painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Seurat spent a majority of his time sketching out the pieces of the artwork first. A smaller version of this painting belongs to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. This particular piece was actually one of the study paintings Seurat painted before dotting his final extensive masterpiece. The unique technique developed, and the entrance to a new art movement aside, it can be argued that the work put into Georges Seurat A Sunday on La Grande Jatte makes the artwork the predominant 19th Century work of genius that it is.
It's hard to imagine not wanting to add A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte to any art collection. Of course, any collector would have to convince the Art Institute of Chicago that the Seurat Sunday Afternoon belongs on their living room wall; success is highly doubtful. This does not mean that collectors cannot add this masterpiece to their art collection. A Georges Seurat A Sunday on La Grande Jatte replica is the only way art collectors will have this famous painting in their home. Fortunately, there are artists employed by ArtsHeaven.com who specialize in pointillism and recreate accurate replicas of Seurat's most valued work.
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