The Channel at Gravelines, Evening (1890) by Georges Seurat

The Channel at Gravelines, Evening - Georges Seurat - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleThe Channel at Gravelines, Evening
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions25 3/4 x 32 1/4 in.
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
Location Created France

About The Channel at Gravelines, Evening

“The Channel at Gravelines, Evening,” created in 1890 by Georges Seurat, is a distinguished oil on canvas that epitomizes the Neo-Impressionism art movement. Measuring 25 3/4 x 32 1/4 inches, this cityscape is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, United States, although it was originally painted in France. The artwork is a testimony to Seurat’s masterful application of the pointillist technique, which involves the juxtaposition of small dots of color to form vibrant and luminous scenes.

In a detailed examination of the artwork, one notes the subdued yet harmonious palette that conveys the calmness of an evening by the seashore. The setting sun casts a soft glow on the water, while ships and boat sails dot the horizon, suggesting the quiet activity of a day’s end. Delicate dots come together to create forms and textures, with the sky, water, and land each receiving distinct treatment that reflects changes in light and atmosphere. A notable foreground element is an anchor, rendered with a touch of prominence and solidity that contrasts with the ephemeral quality of distant forms. Overall, the artwork presents a tranquil maritime vista that is both a technical achievement and a visual delight.

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