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Georges Seurat. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
1884 – 1886. Oil on canvas, 207.5 x 308 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, USA.
     A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - 1884 (French: Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte - 1884) is Georges Seurat's most famous work, and is an example of pointillism that is considered by some to be one of the most remarkable paintings of the 19th century, belonging to the Post-Impressionism period. The island of la Grande Jatte is in the Seine in Paris between La Defense and the suburb of Neuilly, bisected by the Pont-de-Levallois. Although for many years it was an industrial site, it is today the site of a public garden and a housing development. In 1884, the island was a bucolic retreat far from the urban center.
     Seurat spent two years painting this picture, concentrating painstakingly on the landscape of the park before focusing on the people; always their shapes, never their personalities. Individuals did not interest him, only their formal elegance. There is no untidiness in Seurat; all is beautifully balanced. The park was quite a noisy place: a man blows his bugle, children run around, there are dogs. Yet the impression we receive is of silence, of control, of nothing disordered.

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