April 11, 2016

Painting With The Girls 102

April 11, 2016.

Day 102 (264 days to go)

 

Watercolor Postcard. 5X7Matted

 

George Pierre Seurat (1859-1891) was the youngest member of the Impressionist and Post Impressionist movement. He also died very young at age 32.

He liked the concept of the Impressionists, but believed there was a scientific solution as to how to apply paint to a canvas imitating how the human eye processes color and light. His technique was called Pointillism, as it referred to the dots of colors Seurat would paint on the canvas. Instead of blending colors together, Seurat methodically juxtaposed unmixed colors to achieve color variation.

For unknown reasons, he hid his relationship with Madeleine Knoblock, his mistress, and moved her to a different address when she became pregnant. The circumstances of his death are not exactly known. He died at his parent’s home of what most historians describe as something similar to meningitis. His first child with Madeleine died two weeks after him from the same illness. After his death his second child was born to Madeleine, but he also died a few days later.

He is best known for his painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.