Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat (zhôrzh sörä´), 1859–91, French neoimpressionist painter. He devised the pointillist technique of painting in tiny dots of pure color. His method, called divisionism, was a systematic refinement of the broken color of the impressionists. His major achievements are his Baignade (Tate Gall., London), shown in the Salon des Indépendants in 1884, and his masterpiece, Un Dimanche à la Grande Jatte (Art Inst., Chicago), completed two years later. He died of pneumonia at 31. Seurat is recognized as one of the most intellectual artists of his time and was a great influence in restoring harmonious and deliberate design and a thorough understanding of color combination to painting at a time when sketching from nature had become the mode. Other examples of Seurat's work are in the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, and in the Louvre.

See catalog (ed. by A. Blunt and R. Fry, 1965); drawings (ed. by R. L. Herbert, 1966); complete paintings, ed. by J. Rewald and H. Dorra (1988); biographies by J. Russell (1985) and P. Courthion (1988).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Georges Seurat: Selected full-text books and articles

Georges Seurat By John Rewald; Lionel Abel Wittenborn, 1946 (2nd edition)
Locating the Anomalous: Gesualdo, Blake, and Seurat By Whitted, Brent E Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 31, No. 1, March 1998
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The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought By William R. Everdell University of Chicago Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Georges Seurat: Divisionism, Cloisonnism, and Chronophotography 1885"
The Politics of Vision: Essays on Nineteenth-Century Art and Society By Linda Nochlin Harper & Row, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Seurat's La Grande Jatte: An Anti-Utopian Allegory"
Gateway to the Twentieth Century: Art and Culture in a Changing World By Jean Cassou; Emil Langui; Nikolaus Pevsner McGraw-Hill, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "The First Apollonian Stream: Seurat, Constructor of Colour" begins on p. 133
History of Modern Painting: From Baudelaire to Bonnard: The Birth of a New Vision By Maurice Raynal; Stuart Gilbert Albert Skira, 1949 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Seurat" begins on p. 52
Symbolism By Robert Goldwater Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Seurat" begins on p. 140
Seurat's "Sunday" Painting By Kramer, Hilton New Criterion, Vol. 23, No. 1, September 2004
Looking at Pictures By Kenneth Clark Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "Seurat: Une Baignade, Asnieres" begins on p. 133
Post-Impressionism: From Van Gogh to Gauguin By John Rewald Museum of Modern Art, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "1886-1890 Seurat and His Friends"
FREE! Modern Art: Being a Contribution to a New System of Aesthetics By Julius Meier-Graefe; Florence Simmonds; George W. Chrystal G. P. Putnam's Sons, vol.1, 1908
Librarian’s tip: "Seurat and His Circle" begins on p. 309
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists By Ian Chilvers Oxford University Press, 1996 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Georges Seurat begins on p. 488
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