“Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” originally ridiculed, became the most famous work of Georges Seurat (1859 – 1891), defining him as an extraordinary artist and scientist. Seurat pioneered neo-Impressionism, using complex, scientifically based lines and geometry which gave his works order and unity. Innovating Pointillism, a meticulous style incorporating tiny points of pure color, “La Grande Jatte” contained over 40 figures, a detailed background, and took Seurat nearly two years to finish.
French painter Georges Seurat (1859-1891), most famous for his creation of pointillism, also left his mark on the art world as the founder of the Neo-Impressionist movement of the late 19th century. Strongly influenced by Rembrandt, he spent his life studying color theories, linear structures and subtle changes of form. A great master artist, Seurat created the technique of Pointillism which uses tiny brushstrokes of contrasting color to create a shimmering brilliance. After the Salon rejected his work, he and other artists formed the Society for Independent Artists to hold their own exhibitions.