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Submitted: October 23, 2011

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Submitted: October 23, 2011

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Basima Oraha

Instructor: Edward Cline

Essay #2

10-18-11

Neoimpressionism is characterized by the painting of George Seurat and his use

of dots of pure color. The central figures of post impression were Van Gogh, Gauguin,

and Cezanne. The two recognizable schools were based on the theories of Seurat

(Neoimpressionism) and Gauguin (Postimpressionism). Where Seurat Sought to mark the

approach to light and color more rational and scientific, Gauguin renounced naturalism to

explore symbolic use of color and line. Neoimpressionism was a technique that pushed

impressionism one stage further it’s depiction of light and color. George Seurat attempted

a theoretical system for painting that could take impressionism to a new level and create a

template for future artists. Seurat’s technique, which he called pointillism, was base on

scientific principles of color complementarily. It involved applying small dots of primary

color directly to canvas, so that their exaggerated contrast would merge more vividly in

viewers eyes. All Seurat paintings were based on formal ideas of composition.

Seurat prepared meticulously from number studies; he completed 60 studies for

his masterpiece Sunday afternoon on the island of la Grande. It is a painting full of

contradictions. It is a timeless image of modern life painted in innovative techniques,

which harks back to the ancient art of Greece and Egypt. Seurat built up his complex,

monumental composition, through a long, methodical process. Seurat developed a new

technique on contemporary ideas about the science of color. He was particularly

influenced by Ogden N. Rood. Seurat reworked his original painting using pointillism

techniques covering the entire canvas with regular dots and dashes of pure color. I

observed Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande, the articulation is illusion of

mass. No line appears or defines objects or surface, he used the dots light with the color

and shading of the figures. It’s texture is realistic. Brushstroke is smooth. His

organization of elements is very well. He has relative clarity. The perspective is illusion

of depth, the objects recode into the distance. It is closed from because all meaning is

contained within work. It has rhythm, harmony, variation balance and symmetry. He used

dots of pure color and it has variety values. It has a strong unity.

In conclusion, neoimpressionism was a technique that pushed impressionism one

whole stage further. It’s depiction of light and color. Seurat’s technique, which he called

pointillism, was based on scientific principles of color. It has applying small dots of

primary color directly to canvas. His masterpiece Sunday afternoon on the island La

Grande was the most important work in his techniques.


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