Forest at Pontaubert (1881) by Georges Seurat

Forest at Pontaubert - Georges Seurat - 1881

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TitleForest at Pontaubert
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions79.1 x 62.5 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US
Location Created France

About Forest at Pontaubert

The artwork titled “Forest at Pontaubert” is a notable creation of the renowned artist Georges Seurat, completed in the year 1881. This oil on canvas masterpiece is a representation of the Neo-Impressionist art movement, emblematic of the period’s innovative approaches to color and light. The painting’s dimensions measure 79.1 by 62.5 centimeters, classifying it as a landscape genre piece. Originating from France, the artwork presently resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, United States.

The artwork deftly captures the essence of a sylvan setting in Pontaubert. Seurat’s treatment of the subject matter is indicative of his interest in the play of light and shadow, as well as his developing pointillist technique, which he would later fully develop. The canvas is suffused with a dappled light that filters through the treetops, rendering the foliage in a myriad of specks and hues. The composition is anchored by the verticality of the tree trunks, which draw the eye upward and convey a sense of the stately grandeur of the forest. The use of color and the rendering of light contribute to a serene and contemplative atmosphere, inviting the viewer to engage with the natural beauty of the wooded landscape as captured by Seurat’s innovative artistic vision.

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