The Black Horse (1883; France) by Georges Seurat

The Black Horse - Georges Seurat - 1883; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe Black Horse
ArtistGeorges Seurat
Date1883; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationScottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

About The Black Horse

The artwork titled “The Black Horse,” created by artist Georges Seurat in 1883, is a testament to the Post-Impressionism art movement. Executed with oil on wood, this genre painting exemplifies the innovative techniques characteristic of the era immediately following Impressionism. Currently, the artwork finds its home in the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, UK.

The painting depicts a serene outdoor scene in which a black horse stands by a body of water, receiving attention from a person who appears to interact with the animal. Another figure is seen reclining leisurely on the ground, partially turned away from the viewer, creating an atmosphere of casual repose. In the foreground, a seated man is depicted in thoughtful repose, contributing a contemplative element to the scene. The brushwork exhibits the loose, vibrant strokes associated with the Post-Impressionist approach, while the color palette features an array of blues, greens, and earth tones that evoke the natural setting and light of the outdoors. The background showcases a riverbank and what may be architecture or city structures in the distance, blending the natural landscape with hints of human habitation. The overall effect is one of a harmonious and tranquil moment captured in time, distinguising Seurat’s exploration of light, color, and form in his pursuit of expressing modern life.

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