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A River Bank (The Seine at Asniares) painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
A Street in Paris, may 1871 (The Commune) painting reproduction, Maximilien Luce
Bathing at Asniers painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
A River Bank (The Seine at Asniares)
Georges Seurat
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A Street in Paris, may 1871 (The Commune)
Maximilien Luce
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Bathing at Asniers
Georges Seurat
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Broken Flower painting reproduction, Giuseppe Pellizza Da Volpedo
Circus Sideshow painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Clearing in Provence painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
Broken Flower
Giuseppe Pellizza Da Volpedo
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Circus Sideshow
Georges Seurat
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Clearing in Provence
Henri Edmond Cross
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Couple in a Street painting reproduction, Charles Angrand
Cypress Trees at Cagnes painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
Deluded Hopes painting reproduction, Giuseppe Pellizza Da Volpedo
Couple in a Street
Charles Angrand
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Cypress Trees at Cagnes
Henri Edmond Cross
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Deluded Hopes
Giuseppe Pellizza Da Volpedo
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Evening Breeze painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
Farm Women at Work painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Fishermen painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Evening Breeze
Henri Edmond Cross
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Farm Women at Work
Georges Seurat
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Fishermen
Georges Seurat
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Gas Tanks at Clichy painting reproduction, Paul Signac
Grandcamp, Evening painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Gray Weather, Grande Jatte painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Gas Tanks at Clichy
Paul Signac
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Grandcamp, Evening
Georges Seurat
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Gray Weather, Grande Jatte
Georges Seurat
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La Luzerne, Saint-Denis painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
La Maison Rose painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
La Plage de Saint-Clair painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
La Luzerne, Saint-Denis
Georges Seurat
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La Maison Rose
Henri Edmond Cross
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La Plage de Saint-Clair
Henri Edmond Cross
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Landscape at Saint-Ouen painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Les Andelys, the Embankment painting reproduction, Paul Signac
Les Terrassiers painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Landscape at Saint-Ouen
Georges Seurat
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Les Andelys, the Embankment
Paul Signac
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Les Terrassiers
Georges Seurat
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Model From Behind painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Models painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Pines Along the Shore painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
Model From Behind
Georges Seurat
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Models
Georges Seurat
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Pines Along the Shore
Henri Edmond Cross
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Port-en-Bessin, Entrance to the Harbor painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Rainbow painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Regatta in Venice painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
Port-en-Bessin, Entrance to the Harbor
Georges Seurat
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Rainbow
Georges Seurat
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Regatta in Venice
Henri Edmond Cross
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Seated Woman painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Can-Can painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Seated Woman
Georges Seurat
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Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Georges Seurat
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The Can-Can
Georges Seurat
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The Canal of Gravelines, in the direction of the Sea painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Channel at Gravelines, Evening painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Channel at Gravelines, Petit Fort Phillippe painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Canal of Gravelines, in the direction of the Sea
Georges Seurat
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The Channel at Gravelines, Evening
Georges Seurat
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The Channel at Gravelines, Petit Fort Phillippe
Georges Seurat
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The Circus painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Eiffel Tower painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Flowered Terrace painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
The Circus
Georges Seurat
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The Eiffel Tower
Georges Seurat
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The Flowered Terrace
Henri Edmond Cross
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The Forest at Pontaubert painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Gardener painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Maria at Honfleur painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Forest at Pontaubert
Georges Seurat
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The Gardener
Georges Seurat
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The Maria at Honfleur
Georges Seurat
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The Morning Walk painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Papal Palace at Avignon painting reproduction, Paul Signac
The Quai Saint-Michel and Notre-Dame painting reproduction, Maximilien Luce
The Morning Walk
Georges Seurat
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The Papal Palace at Avignon
Paul Signac
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The Quai Saint-Michel and Notre-Dame
Maximilien Luce
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The Red Buoy, Saint Tropez painting reproduction, Paul Signac
The Seine at Courbevoie painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Seine Seen from La Grande Jatte painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Red Buoy, Saint Tropez
Paul Signac
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The Seine at Courbevoie
Georges Seurat
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The Seine Seen from La Grande Jatte
Georges Seurat
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Valley with Fir (Shade on the Mountain) painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
Venice, The Pink Cloud painting reproduction, Paul Signac
View of the Seine painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Valley with Fir (Shade on the Mountain)
Henri Edmond Cross
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Venice, The Pink Cloud
Paul Signac
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View of the Seine
Georges Seurat
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Village Road painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
White Houses, Ville d'Avray painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Woman at the Well painting reproduction, Paul Signac
Village Road
Georges Seurat
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White Houses, Ville d'Avray
Georges Seurat
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Woman at the Well
Paul Signac
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Woman Combing Her Hair painting reproduction, Henri Edmond Cross
Woman in a Park painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Woman with Umbrella painting reproduction, Paul Signac
Woman Combing Her Hair
Henri Edmond Cross
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Woman in a Park
Georges Seurat
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Woman with Umbrella
Paul Signac
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Young Woman Powdering Herself painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
Young Woman Powdering Herself
Georges Seurat
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Pointillism Art - Pointillist Paintings

Just like the names of several other art movements, Pointillism - also sometimes known as Post Impressionism - was meant to be a derogatory name when it was coined at the end of the 19th century. The criticism was directed at the artist Georges Seurat, the founder of the then innovative way of painting, who developed the new way of painting around 1886.

One of Seurat's most famous paintings is titled ‘Sunday Afternoon on La Grand Jatte’, which today hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago. If you look closely at the painting, you can see that it is actually made up of thousands of little dots of paint, which when seen from a distance, seem to all merge together. It took Seurat a couple of years to complete this painting; he also produced over 50 studies for it before he considered he had perfected the technique.

Like many other now famous artists of the time, Seurat was rejected by the Paris Salon and began to seek the company and inspiration of other rejected or independent artists. He was also heavily influenced by scientific studies of color and its effects; these various studies were largely responsible for Seurat developing his now famous painting technique. He also believed that the Pointillism technique would produce a brighter, more vibrant picture than regular methods. Seurat died at the age of 31 and it is interesting to speculate what else he may have done with this method.

A French chemist, Michel Chevreul inadvertently realized that two colors when placed next to each other would seem to look like another color when viewed from a distance. He also discovered that if you stare at a color for a few minutes then take your eyes off the subject, you will see that color’s opposite - or complementary - color. An American physicist, Ogden Rood, also came up with similar theories involving colors placed next to each other and stated that from a distance, two adjoining colors look like a third. These two people were responsible for influencing the development of Pointillism more than anything else.

Today Seurat is the most famous Pointillist, although other artists were intrigued by the new style of painting and soon began to produce similar works. Signac became probably the biggest supporter of Pointillism and his paintings of the French coast show the new technique to good effect. Pissaro experimented briefly with the new way of painting; some of his paintings of London and Paris use the effect, although he eventually tired of it and turned to other styles. Another artist, Henri-Edmond Cross was also an enthusiastic Pointillist painter; he was also responsible for founding the Society of Independent Artists, along with Seurat.

The tiny dots of paint are the most striking feature of Pointillism paintings; many are also characterized by bright colors and like Impressionist paintings, can be said to have a dreamlike quality. In Seurat’s paintings, the individual brushstrokes are virtually invisible unless you peer closely; whereas with other painters such as Signac, the different strokes are quite apparent. Using virtually invisible brushstrokes allowed the painters to show such effects as objects in bright sunshine, and contrasts between light and shadow. Oil paint was used largely because it was the established medium of the time; it also had the advantage of the colors not running together. Pointillist subject matter largely consisted of landscapes, seascapes and portraits

Pointillism was a relatively short lived movement, although it did influence Fauvism, in particular Paul Gaugin, as well as Divisionism, a similar movement which relied on the use of primary colors. And if you look closely at your TV screen you will see the same technique is used there to create an overall effect.