The Bridge – View of the Seine (1882 – 1883; France) by Georges Seurat

The Bridge - View of the Seine - Georges Seurat - 1882 - 1883; France

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TitleThe Bridge - View of the Seine
ArtistGeorges Seurat
Date1882 - 1883; France
Dimensions15.9 x 24.8 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About The Bridge - View of the Seine

Georges Seurat, a French artist renowned for pioneering the technique of Pointillism, created “The Bridge – View of the Seine,” an oil on wood painting between the years 1882 and 1883 during the Impressionist movement. The artwork, which falls under the genre painting category, captures a scenic vista of the River Seine and measures a compact 15.9 by 24.8 centimeters.

The artwork depicts a tranquil scene of the Seine River with a focus on a bridge that spans its breadth. In the foreground, one observes a boat manned by two figures, encapsulated in shadow, which provides a stark contrast to the luminous reflections on the water’s surface. These reflections capture the interplay of light and color, a characteristic element of the Impressionist style. The landscape, with the bridge in the mid-ground and buildings receding into the background, is composed of a series of brisk, painterly strokes that confer upon the canvas a vibrant, ephemeral quality. The setting emanates a sense of everyday life and conveys the artist’s acute sensitivity to the changing qualities of light and atmosphere.

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