The Lighthouse at Honfleur (1886) by Georges Seurat

The Lighthouse at Honfleur - Georges Seurat - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleThe Lighthouse at Honfleur
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions65 x 81 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationChester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland
Location Created France
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About The Lighthouse at Honfleur

The Lighthouse at Honfleur is a masterpiece produced by Georges Seurat in 1886. This oil on canvas painting employs pointillism, a technique in which the artist applies small dots of different unmixed colors to form an image. The painting captures a serene scene without movement, balancing warm tones in the sand and lighthouse with cool blues in the water and sky.

Seurat’s method of painting involves the application of separate, distinct touches of color to form an image. He was known for his innovative use of drawing media and painting techniques such as pointillism and chromoluminarism. The Lighthouse at Honfleur is part of Seurat’s series of coastal views and indeed his first significant canvas.

Georges Seurat, a French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman, created this painting during his time when he was exploring the concept of color, theory, and perception. The painting is one of Seurat’s most famous works, which depicts a lighthouse that dominates the landscape. The muted tones of the painting and the use of pointillism technique created an effect that makes the painting seem like it is glowing from within. Overall, the painting shows Seurat’s technical mastery and artistic innovation, making it a significant part of art history.

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