Georges Seurat  

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"Another painter who carried forward the theories of impressionism was Seurat. Georges Seurat (1859-1891) attacked the problem from the angle of the psychological effect of line direction and line relationship and of the science of related colors. Steeping himself in the color theories of Delacroix and of the color scientists of his time, Helmholtz and Chevreul, he worked out a system of putting the pigment on in tiny roundish dots, of about equal size, with scientific precision as to the color relation of dot to dot (a method known as pointillism) — an enormously difficult procedure, as severely disciplined and painstaking as the impressionist method was spontaneous and exuberant." --Gardner's Art Through the Ages (1926) by Helen Gardner

"In a general way, most of the modern painters belong to one of two main lines of descent, with many border-line cases: Seurat-Cezanne-Picasso-the cubists; Van Gogh-Gauguin-Matisse-the fauves-the expressionists. These families are composed of intensely individual members, though they represent two fairly coherent, contrasting points of view— which may be illustrated roughly, one by Matisse and the fauves and the other by Picasso and the cubists."--Gardner's Art Through the Ages (1926) by Helen Gardner

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Georges-Pierre Seurat (December 2, 1859March 29,1891) was a French painter and the founder of Neo-impressionism. His large work Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is one of the icons of 19th century painting.

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