May 2009
Volume 3
Issue 5
Georges-Pierre Seurat continued from main page
With his infulence Seurat was able to refine his artistic technique and use of color. In 1886, Seurat unveiled the masterpiece of his career - "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grande Jatte." This work has become famous for both the pointillism style but also the way that Seurat captured this display of French society. He received high praise for this painting which has since become synonymous with his style. Seurat created several more large paintings, as well as smaller works, before his death in 1891.

Seurat kept details of his personal life confidential. He never married but he maintained a relationship with his mistress, Madeleine Knobloch, who posed for one of his paintings. The two bore a son, named Pierre-Georges Seurat, though he died just a short time after the death of his father.
Seurat's approach to art was highly influenced by scientific study of color and light. Pointillism is the use of tiny, individual dots of color placed in close proximity to each other. At extreme close distance, the image appears as a cluttered array of color, but at proper distance viewing the dots blend together forming distinct shapes with appealing luminosity. This phenomenon occurs due to the way in which the human eye perceives color - the closely placed dots blend together forming a mixture of the colors. This style, along with Seurat's work, became the core of the Neo-Impressionist movement.