The Chairfather: Père Lachaise Part III

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    26 Jul 2018
    Clock 45min      Length1mi
    5 ratings


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    Our next host is found just before the 2nd tree on the left. Here begins our triple-play of Georges.


    Dot, dot, dot. Georges Seurat invented the pointillist style of painting, requiring meticulous placement of dabs of color. The tedious effort works on your vision as you stand back, and your eye fills the gaps. Two distinct shades can blend to appear a third color. Objects can be diffused, or rows become lines.

    Seurat's technique is shown on his grandest work, at two by three meters, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Millions of points were added, well before pixels and HD were known, and the handmade work is around 300dpi. I find it funny that nearly all the figures are looking left across the Seine, and in the Bathers at Asnières, Seurat's second-most famous painting, they're looking right over the water, gawking from spots directly opposite one another.

    His method was such a departure, true impressionists like Monet, Sisley and Caillebotte, who we'll meet in a minute, refused to exhibit beside the splinter painter. Qué Seurat Seurat.

    Leave Seurat on your left and continue walking the Avenue des Peupliers.

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