In 1888, Georges Seurat produced an oil painting titled “The Seine at La Grande Jatte” using the Pointillism style. The landscape painting showcases a view of the Seine River from La Grande Jatte during spring. It is currently housed at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. La Grande Jatte is an island situated in Neuilly-sur-Seine in Paris, which was a popular high-class vacation spot during Seurat’s time.
Seurat is known for his innovative use of Pointillism, which involves painting with tiny dots of color. He also created “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” in 1884, which similarly depicts Parisians relaxing on the embankment of the Seine. Art critics and the public considered both paintings as collages of contradictions, leaving an indelible impression on viewers.
Today, La Grande Jatte island is transformed into a public garden and housing development. Seurat’s painting of the island is considered the most influential piece in the Pointillist art style. The intricate details and creative use of colors in “The Seine at La Grande Jatte” and Seurat’s other Pointillist works have earned him a prominent place in the art world.