A canoes (1884 – 1885; France) by Georges Seurat

A canoes - Georges Seurat - 1884 - 1885; France

Artwork Information

TitleA canoes
ArtistGeorges Seurat
Date1884 - 1885; France
Dimensions17.2 x 26.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About A canoes

The artwork titled “A canoes” is an oil on wood painting by the artist Georges Seurat, dating from 1884 to 1885. It was painted in France and belongs to the Impressionist movement. The piece measures 17.2 by 26.7 centimeters and falls within the landscape genre. Currently, the artwork is part of a private collection.

This particular painting by Seurat showcases his distinct approach to Impressionism, with delicate and somewhat controlled brush strokes that anticipate his later pointillist technique. The balance and harmony of the natural landscape are evident in this composition. The artwork captures a serene moment alongside the water, where the presence of canoes suggests leisurely activity. A tree occupies the foreground, its branches extending outwards, dividing the canvas and providing a contrasting structure to the fluidity of the water and the foliage. Gentle impressions of light and color convey the tranquility of the setting, with the calm water reflecting the greenery and the soft sky. Seurat’s use of color and light creates a vivid yet peaceful atmosphere, inviting contemplation of the simple and ephemeral beauty found in natural surroundings.

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