The Seine at Le Grande Jatte (1888) by Georges Seurat

The Seine at Le Grande Jatte - Georges Seurat - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleThe Seine at Le Grande Jatte
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions65 x 82 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Location Created France

About The Seine at Le Grande Jatte

“The Seine at Le Grande Jatte” is a laudable artwork by Georges Seurat, composed in 1888 and exemplifying the Neo-Impressionist movement. This oil on canvas landscape measures 65 by 82 cm and is currently housed at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, Belgium. The creation of this artwork was undertaken in France, reflecting Seurat’s profound engagement with the locale and its scenery.

The artwork captivates the viewer with its mosaic of multicolored dots, a technique known as pointillism, which is the hallmark of Neo-Impressionism, a movement that Seurat himself helped pioneer. Depicting a tranquil scene along the banks of the Seine, the painting features a backdrop of lush greenery and includes the serene waters of the river where boats with white sails gently traverse. The distinctive textural qualities created by the artist’s unique method of juxtaposing individual color dots result in vibrant, luminous hues that interact optically, an experimental approach that was innovative for its time. A dominant tree provides a focal point, its trunk and foliage rendered through the interaction of light and shadow via countless dots. This visual complexity invites the observer to consider not just the scenic beauty, but also the meticulous technique and color theory underlying the creation of such a harmonious and picturesque riverside tableau.

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