The Models (1887-88) by Georges Seurat

The Models - Seurat, Georges - 1887-88 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Models
ArtistGeorges Seurat
Date1887 - 1888
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions39.4 x 48.7 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US
Location Created France
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About The Models

Georges Seurat’s painting, The Models (Large Version) is one of his most famous works. Created between 1886 and 1888, it depicts three young models posing in the corner of his studio. The painting is considered the third in Seurat’s six main works and reflects his post-Impressionist style.

What sets this painting apart are the myriad feminine accessories that fill what was reputedly an austere studio. These add a layer of richness to the artwork and help to capture the spirit of the period.

The Models was first displayed at Salon Des Independents in 1888. It has also become known as The Three Models and Les Poseuses over time.

Seurat developed a reputation for being a trailblazer in art techniques during his lifetime; he devised both chromoluminarism and pointillism, which helped to elevate his signature style toward prominence.

While there may be imitative efforts made by artists who are influenced by Seurat’s technique, none can truly compare to experiencing original pieces such as The Models firsthand.

Overall, Seurat’s creative depth in capturing everyday life puts him on a pedestal higher than other painters especially during his era because he had created something unique – something that people had never seen before nor would necessarily experience again anywhere else but through seeing more of Seurat’s artworks where he uses dots rather than broad brush strokes to communicate realism on canvas.

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