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DiedMarch 29, 1891, Paris, France

Georges Seurat was a French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the painting techniques known as chromoluminarism and pointillism. Seurat’s artistic career was short, lasting only a few years from 1884 to his early death in 1891 at the age of 31. Nevertheless, he is considered to be one of the most significant French painters of the late 19th century.

Georges-Pierre Seurat was born on December 2, 1859, in Paris, France. His father, Antoine Chrysostome Seurat, was a legal official and his mother, Ernestine Faivre Seurat, was a homemaker. He had two younger sisters, Marie-Berthe (born 1861) and Jeanne-Marguerite (born 1865). Georges Seurat showed an early interest in art and was encouraged by his parents to pursue a career in this field. He began his artistic training at the age of 16, when he enrolled in the Ecole Municipale de Sculpture et Dessin. After two years at this school, he transferred to the more prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

Seurat’s early career was marked by a series of small-scale paintings and drawings. His first major work, Bathers at Asnières (1884), was an enormous canvas that depicted young men relaxing by the Seine River. This painting was not well received by the critics, but it did establish Seurat’s reputation as an important new voice in French painting. In 1886, Seurat began working on what would become his most famous painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. This massive work (it measures approximately 6 feet by 10 feet) took two years to complete and was first exhibited in 1887.

By the time Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte was finished, Seurat had developed his own unique painting style, which he called chromoluminarism. This technique involved the use of small dots of color (known as “points”) to create a larger image. Seurat believed that this method would allow him to capture the essence of light and color in his paintings.

In 1890, Seurat embarked on what would be his final project, The Circus. This painting was never completed; Seurat died of meningitis in 1891 at the age of 31.

During his brief career, Georges Seurat produced a small number of paintings and drawings that had a profound impact on the course of modern art. His innovative use of color and light helped to pave the way for the development of both Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. Today, Seurat is widely considered to be one of the most important French painters of the late 19th century.

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Full NameGeorges Seurat
DiedMarch 29, 1891, Paris, France
ProfessionPainter, Visual Artist
EducationÉcole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts


ChildrenPierre Georges
ParentsErnestine Faivre, Antoine Chrysostome Seurat
SiblingsMarie-Berthe, Émile Augustin

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American Playhouse1986TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode


Pioneers of Modern Painting1971TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Subject

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