A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is considered to be Seurat’s masterpiece and a leading example of pointillism, at the time considered a rebellious form of Impressionism. Seurat started it in 1884 with a series of almost 60 sketches made while people-watching at the park (La Grande Jatte), and he continuously worked on the piece for 2 years, layering the significantly large canvas with millions of dots.
The painting depicts a lazy Sunday afternoon, with almost each of its 28 figures cast in shadow and positioned in an Egyptian style, with very peculiar details: from monkeys on a leash to ladies fishing.
Influenced by scientific color-perception theories and mathematical proportions and illusions, Seurat tricks the human eye to blend all dots into colors creating luminance and shapes. Later on, Seurat frames his work with painted dots and an outer white-wooden frame making everything stand out.
This painting reveals Seurat’s magical world, which we carried onto our piece creating a beautiful and disturbing, silent, and noisy pattern honoring a rare example of one single artwork being recognizable by everyone.
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