A Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte by Georges Pierre- Seurat
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte created by Georges Pierre-Seurat is a frozen in action painting of a normal day of the wealthy Parisian life along the river Seine in Paris, France. Seurat designed this art piece in 1886 to show the wealthy Parisian life styles in a public park. Georges and his artwork were not well known until after he passed away. Seurat was very different from all the other famous artists in the 1880’s. His artwork, the technique he used and the reaction from the people differed from an artist like Camille Pissarro.
Georges Pierre-Seurat was born December 2, 1859 in Paris, France. He grew up with his brother, Emile, and his sister, Marie-Berthe. His mother, Ernestine (Faivre), came from a wealthy family while his father, Antoine-Chrysostome Seurat was a lawyer. Seurat began attending a local art school in 1875. He was taught by the sculptor Justin Lequien. From 1878 through 1879, Georges Seurat was enrolled at the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Besides Lequien, “he studied under the artist Henri Lehmann as well” (A+E Networks). Seurat visited the Forth Impressionist Exhibition and was inspired by the Impressionist painters. “The little group of neo-impressionists was soon augmented by new adherents in France and also in Belgium where the exhibition of the Vingt had made the work of Seurat widely known among artists” (Questia). He was also fascinated by the science behind art. He also wanted to show off his talent and the technique he used which was very unusual. He used a technique known as pointillism, or divisionism. Seurat was very different from other artists and he showed his personality through his artwork.
Georges created A Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte in 1886. The time period around 1886 was also known to be apart of the Impressionist movement. “The impressionist art movement originated in France in the last quarter of the 19th century as a reaction against traditional art and its strict rules” (Microsoft). Seurat’s work became so well-known, it triggered Neo- Impressionism. Neo- Impressionism is a shift and a method greatly known during the Mid-1800’s. Also in 1886, “France gave America the Statue of Liberty to display the friendship and loyalty between the countries” (Yahoo). Seurat was fascinated by the structure and design of the Statue of Liberty. Georges desired to create something that everyone found as glorious as those who looked at the statue. The giving of the statue helped Seurat decide he wanted to design something impressive.
Seurat’s purpose for creating this art piece was to show off the normality of those who are wealthy opposed to those who didn’t have as much money. La Grande Jatte shows the different lifestyles between the Parisians. This art piece was located on the River Seine in the Neuilly- sur-Seine part of Paris. There was one person who inspired Seurat for this piece...