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Paintings of the Art Institute of Chicago: Haystacks, Nighthawks, American Gothic, a Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
by:General Books LLC
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Haystacks, Nighthawks, American Gothic, a Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Bedroom in Arles, Water Lilies, Figure With Meat, the Old Guitarist, Time...
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Haystacks, Nighthawks, American Gothic, a Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Bedroom in Arles, Water Lilies, Figure With Meat, the Old Guitarist, Time Transfixed, on the Threshold of Liberty, Paris Street; Rainy Day, the Child's Bath, the Basket of Apples, at the Moulin Rouge, White Crucifixion. Excerpt: 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 one of Georges Seurat 's most famous works, and is an example of pointillism . Overview Seurat spent two years painting A Sunday Afternoon , focusing scrupulously on the landscape of the park. He reworked the original as well as completed numerous preliminary drawings and oil sketches. He would go and sit in the park and make numerous sketches of the various figures in order to perfect their form. He concentrated on the issues of color , light , and form . The painting is approximately 2 by 3 meters (6 ft 10 in x 10 ft 1 in) in size. Motivated by study in optical and color theory, he contrasted miniature dots of colors that, through optical unification, form a single hue in the viewer's eye. He believed that this form of painting, now known as pointillism , would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than standard brush strokes. To make the experience of the painting even more vivid, he surrounded it with a frame of painted dots, which in turn he enclosed with a pure white, wooden frame, which is how the painting is exhibited today at the Art Institute of Chicago . In creating the picture, Seurat employed the then-new pigment zinc yellow (zinc chromate ), most visibly for yellow highlights on the lawn in the painting, but also in mixtures with orange and blue pigments. In the century and more since the painting's completion, th...
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