George Seurat didnt like using the impressionism style of painting because of the soft brushstrokes. Instead, he liked using the pointillism technique, that he designed and created with a fellow artist named Paul Signac. Pointillism is using little close-packed dots to create an object. After Seurat began using this technique, many artists started using pointillism as well. One of Seurats most well known pointillism paintings is his masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886). If you have ever visited the Art Institute of Chicago, you may have seen his masterpiece on a huge wall with many of his other paintings.Seurat was born in Paris and he studied art there. He adored Rembrandt and Francisco de Goyas paintings as a child. He went to military school for a year and then released the drawing, Aman-Jean.
In 1884 he completed Bathers, a painting with a scene of boys in the Seine River. His famous painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grande Jatte, was the most popular part of an exhibit in 1886. Seurat began spending his winters in Paris, drawing and finishing one large painting every year. In Seurats life, he painted seven wall sized paintings, and 60 smaller paintings and drawings. His artistic life was very successful.Two years before Seurat passed away, he started living with a model named Madeleine Krobloch. When Madeleine had a baby boy, Seurat became very secretive and he did not tell anyone. His mother would have been shocked that her brilliant son had fallen in love with a poor model. Before the birth of Madeleines next child, Seurat had become very ill and died of diphtheria on March 29, 1891 at the age of 31. The world lost a remarkable artist.
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