Sunday Afternoon on the Island Georges Seurat
is an oil painting by Georges Seurat. Seurat produced many other great paintings including Le Chahut, Circus Sideshow (or Parade de Cirque), View of Fort Samson, The Seine and la Grande Jatte – Springtime, The Models, Gray weather, Grande Jatte, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, The Suburbs, Fishing in The Seine, The Laborers, tudy for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Bathers at Asnires, The Eiffel Tower and The Circus.
Most art followers, including pointilism experts, believe Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Bathers were very important in altering the direction of contemporary art by encouraging the creation of the Neo-impressionist movements which flourished thanks to the achievements of Seurat. This considerable legacy has helped the artist to be seen by many as one of the leading icons of 19th century oil painting.
La Grande Jatte is an island carefully chosen by Seurat as the scene for this work. The French artist would spend a lot of time here progressing his ideas before embarking on the work. The island itself is in the Seine in Paris between La Defense and the suburb of Neuilly, enjoying the attractive the Pont-de-Levallois too. It was an inspired choice and since the painting the area has become ever better known and visited by tourists and art fans alike. This has been helped by the local council and business community coming together to make the best of the area and ensure that it retains the qualities that made Seurat choose it for this great painting in the first place.
It is a much loved work which has proven popular all over the world, thanks to it’s original use of the pointilist art technique where many thousands of different coloured dots are placed together to create the overall painting. Seurat used this is many other paintings as well as Vincent Van Gogh in his own career. The technique used in Sunday afternoon on the island is common place now, but at the time was original and highly innovative. Many art teachers will now give their students this skill as a matter of course.