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Mention George's Seurat's name and the first thing that comes to mind

is his "pointillism" his painted pictures of divided color. His Applying paint in

regular small strokes giving a picture a look of national order and a new Neo-

Impressionism style.

Seurat had been born on December 2, 1859 to Ernestine Faivre, and

Antoine Seurat. Seurat was the third child in the family. While attending

school, Seurat took a course from a sculptor Justin Lequin. In November

1879, Seurat went to Brest to do his military service. While there he drew

beaches, seas, and boats. In 1883, Seurat began Une baignade, Asnieres or a

s its called now "The Bathers". Seurat did many study paintings for the

peace, including "the Riverbanks", "Rainbow", "The Black Horse", "Bathers

in The Water", "Seated Bather" ,and finally "the Study for "the Bathing

Place, Asnieres". When he submitted his painting to the official Salon in early

spring 1884, it was rejected for reasons unknown.

In 1884 Seurat issued another painting Une dimanche a la Grande

Jatte or translated "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte".

Seurat made twenty-seven drawings, twenty-seven panels, and three canvases

relating to the final product. When a viewer gets close to La Grande Jatte the

brushwork appears quite varied and animated. The strokes vary from small

dots. On the tree trunk the marks change direction and move outward on the

branches. The strokes follow the imagined reality of the figures, flowing

outward for curves and hips, vertically for upright torsos, and follow the

direction of legs. When the painting is viewed from affair the brushwork

appears in uniform. Seurat found out that when he put dots of blue beside

dots of yellow they looked green from far away. Seurat also found out that

when he...