Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Georges Seurat 1859-1891 and  Pointillism
Ca va, nos amis?
We explored the works of Georges Seurat. Seurat was a Parisian. He painted in  his own very special style using tiny dots of paint.The viewer's eye would blend the colours. This style came to be known as pointillism.He painted many pictures in this way. His most famous work was a painting called "A Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte." La Grande Jatte means "the big bowl". It was a place on the river Seine where many Parisians went to relax at weekends. This painting took over two years to complete.It measures roughly three metres by two metresIt can be viewed in the Art Institute, Chicago. Our little pointillist pictures were painted on a Friday afternoon, with cotton buds. Mr. Seurat must have been a very patient man! I wonder would he be pleased to know that his masterpiece has found its way into popular culture like Sesame St. and The Simpsons. Maybe he would have been amused by the parody. Maybe not! Qui sait? I guess that's what happens when you go stateside!
A bientot, nos amis,
Les Fillettes Douces de Salle Seize

                                      Ile de La Grande Jatte as it is today



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