George Seurat “the painter of points” protagonist today on Google. Why is this so important?

Google dedicated the Doodle today to the French painter Georges Seurat to commemorate the anniversary of his birth (Paris, December 2, 1859 – Gravelines, March 29, 1891). But who was George Seurat and why is he so important?

George Seurat: Google dedicates a doodle to him

George Seurat considered father of pointillism, or the technique of painting the canvas with small dots (or dabs) of pure color. Very simple in appearance, but behind this current, later called Neo-Impressionism, hides a meticulous and deep study on the use of color and light. The final result of the works of the French master is impressive both in size and in his pictorial technique. The scientific study of color at the basis of pointillism (pointillism), where the chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul And Ogden Road these are two fundamental figures for Seurat. In detail, Seurat wanted to demonstrate scientific theories in the field: colors, whether or not accompanied by other complementary colors, can intensify or disappear.


The importance of George Seurat in the art world

The chemist’s color theories Michel Eugene Chevreul and physical Ogden Road these are the pillars of Neo-Impressionism, thanks to which George Seurat managed to lay the foundations of this movement. The scientific study of color and light has led to a change of artistic vision at the end of the 19th century. Seurat, as the companion Paul Signacused a palette of pure colorsjuxtaposed but never mixed with each other.

Also in Italy was born at the end of the 19th century Divisionisman art movement that brought back the same scientific theories used by Seurat except that instead of dots were used colored filaments. The biggest exponents were Gaetano Previati, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, John Segantini and finally also Umberto Boccionibefore moving on to futurism.

seurat bagnantiBathers in Asnires

seurat granjatteA Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte

Bathers in Asnires (1884) And A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) are the great masterpieces of French genius recognized throughout the world for their artistic and social value. Yes, because in these works Seurat shows two faces of Paris at the timeon the one hand the bathers, that is to say workerswho rest and rinse off in the river after a long shift – these are the years of the great industrial revolution – (we notice the smoking factories in the background), while on the other bank the painter represents The bourgeois who spend their Sundays peacefully and in fashionable clothes (we notice the little monkey on a leash and the parasols).

the paintings are kept in the first at the National Gallery in London while the second at the Art Institute of Chicago. Unfortunately, although well preserved, what we see today is not really as Seurat painted it, as the colors have lost their vibrancy over the years. Seurat died very young at 32., struck down by a strong sore throat which then turned into a strong flu. (we think of an acute encephalitis or due to engimas). The same fate befell her son two weeks later.

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