Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Students in my Art 1 and drawing classes are learning the art style of Pointillism. The art of pointillism revolves around the idea of color theory and optically mixing colors in an artwork. Georges Seurat is known as the artist who created this idea. Seurat was born in 1859 and began painting in his 20's. Seurat did not have a big following in regard to his work. People were uncomfortable with his style and felt that his worked looked "fuzzy" and "messy." The idea behind his work was as scientifically based as artistically based. He would not even bother keeping his models for an entire sitting as he was so focused on getting the paints to optically blend that it would take hours upon hours. Some of his most famous works are Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Le Chahut, and Eden Concert.

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