Evening, Honfleur (1886) by Georges Seurat

Evening, Honfleur - Georges Seurat - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleEvening, Honfleur
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions64.2 x 80 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
Location Created France

About Evening, Honfleur

The artwork “Evening, Honfleur,” executed in oil on canvas by Georges Seurat in the year 1886, is an exemplary work from the Neo-Impressionism movement. It measures 64.2 x 80 cm and is classified as a landscape. This piece of art was created in France and is now housed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, United States.

The artwork presents a serene coastal landscape at dusk, with a sense of calm permeating the scene. Seurat’s technique of pointillism, where small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image, is evident. This technique is characteristic of Neo-Impressionism, a movement that emphasized the use of scientific methods in the application of paint and a keen interest in optical and color theory. The colors blend at a distance, creating the illusion of a softly illuminated sky and tranquil sea. The foreground features the silhouettes of buildings, and the pebbled beach provides textural contrast to the smooth bands of color that represent the water and sky. Overall, Seurat’s manipulation of color and meticulous dot placement invites the viewer into a quiet evening moment, capturing the essence of the Honfleur coast as the day comes to a close.

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