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  1. Introduction
  2. About Georges Seurat
  3. Seurat's paintings
  4. Seurat's style
  5. Georges Seurat and Nicolas Poussin
  6. Conclusion

Georges Seurat's painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is currently being displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago in The Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection (also called A Sunday on La Grande Jatte). The painting is quite large in size, measuring around 10 x 7 feet and features a pure white wooden frame. Even though the painting is part of a collection, it feels as though it is the most important painting in the room due to its room placement and public popularity in the gallery. The painting is largely acclaimed to be the masterpiece of Seurat's career. I viewed the painting on Thursday, June 13th at around 6:00 p.m. since it was free admission into the Art Institute of Chicago from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Georges Seurat was only 26 when his piece was first exhibited in 1886 at the eighth annual and final Impressionist exhibition. The French painter took a different approach than that of the Impressionists before him, this arose immense controversy and sort of rebellion against traditional Impressionism. He painted tiny dots ?plotted along an invisible grid of vertical and horizontal lines that run parallel to the picture plane? (Fiero, 376). Using this unorthodox technique of the time, he rivaled Nicolas Poussin who also used ?strict horizontal-and-vertical pictorial structure? in his paintings (280). The painting also challenged some of the other Impressionist artists such as Édouard Manet and his paintings Olympia and Luncheon on the Grass (Brettell, 89).

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