Suburb (1881 – 1882; France) by Georges Seurat

Suburb - Georges Seurat - 1881 - 1882; France

Artwork Information

ArtistGeorges Seurat
Date1881 - 1882; France
Dimensions32.4 x 40.5 cm
Art MovementPointillism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationMusee d'Art Moderne de Troyes, Troyes, France

About Suburb

The artwork “Suburb” by Georges Seurat is an evocative oil on canvas painting, completed between 1881 and 1882 in France. Embodying the essence of Pointillism and Neo-Impressionism, the piece measures 32.4 by 40.5 centimeters. This cityscape genre painting is housed in the Musee d’Art Moderne de Troyes in Troyes, France. It is a fine example of the application of color theory and the innovative artistic techniques that were characteristic of the Neo-Impressionist movement.

The artwork displays an urban landscape scene that likely depicts an area on the outskirts of Paris, as Seurat often painted suburban scenery. The work features a soft, diffused light, capturing the atmosphere of a serene suburb. Each brushstroke is deliberately placed, cumulatively contributing to an intricate mosaic of colors. Seurat’s technique involved applying small, distinct dots of color in patterns to form an image, a method that invites the viewer’s eye to blend the colors at a distance, thus enhancing the luminosity and depth of the composition.

In the centerpiece of the painting, there are two predominant white buildings with darker roofs that draw the viewer’s attention. They contrast with the softer, paler hues of the sky. The presence of industry is suggested by a tall smokestack and more structures in the background, each rendered with impressionistic brevity. The foreground is dominated by what appears to be a grassy field, executed with varying shades of green and earthy tones, enhancing the sense of a natural setting on the cusp of urban development. Overall, Seurat’s work is an exemplary piece representing the transformative period in art when painters began to explore new realms of color and light outside traditional narrative content.

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