Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday History
Study for A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884
Georges Seurat (French, 1859–1891)
Oil on canvas 27 3/4 x 41 in. (70.5 x 104.1 cm)

The Impressionists were mostly concerned with optical impressions, time of day, and space in their work, but what was missing that led to a new movement? EMOTION! EXPRESSION! After all, isn't that what art is all about? Some say so but I'll leave that up to you. To understand the Post Impressionism period in Art History you should get acquainted with the following artists:
Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Georges Seurat (1859–1891), Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), and the eldest of the group, Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Follow these links courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to learn about these greats!

I refer to Post Impressionism as a time period because unlike artists who participated in art movements, most Post Impressionists worked independently - their work just happened to fit a certain mold that we can categorize with. Georges Seurat was known for his dot style called "Pointilism," a technique that was epitomized by his master work "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Follow this link to see the finished work - the image above is just a study to wet your palette.  Look further into the Post Impressionists - there's a little something for everyone here including one of the most famous works of all time - Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh!
Happy Monday

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