Alfalfa, St. Denis (1885 – 1886; France) by Georges Seurat

Alfalfa, St. Denis - Georges Seurat - 1885 - 1886; France

Artwork Information

TitleAlfalfa, St. Denis
ArtistGeorges Seurat
Date1885 - 1886; France
Dimensions65 x 81.3 cm
Art MovementPointillism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationScottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

About Alfalfa, St. Denis

The artwork titled “Alfalfa, St. Denis” is an oil on canvas painting by the artist Georges Seurat, dating back to the period between 1885 and 1886 in France. The dimensions of this piece measure 65 x 81.3 cm. It exemplifies the Pointillism technique within the Neo-Impressionism art movement and is categorized within the landscape genre. The artwork is housed in the Scottish National Gallery, located in Edinburgh, UK.

The artwork depicts a vast expanse of an alfalfa field. The most striking aspect of this landscape is the application of Pointillism, a technique in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. A soft horizon divides the canvas, with the field occupying the foreground, while the sky takes up the upper part of the canvas. The alfalfa field is depicted through a multitude of colorful dots, creating a vibrant tapestry of hues that suggest the lush, dense vegetation.

In the background, the sky is rendered with lighter tones, imbued with gently contrasting colors that suggest a hazy or perhaps bright sky. The horizon is punctuated by sparse architectural forms and trees. These features are quite simplified and give only a hint of human presence in the otherwise natural setting. The entire artwork is a testament to Seurat’s keen interest in the optical effects of color and the scientific approach to painting, which are hallmarks of the Neo-Impressionist movement he helped pioneer.

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