Seurat

Seurat

Drawings and Paintings

Book - 2001
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Georges Seurat, painter of Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte, had a meteoric career that ended in 1891 with his death at age 31. In this generously illustrated book, the leading specialist on Seurat examines the entire range of the artist's work, focusing on individual paintings and drawings and interpreting the personal and social meanings of their subjects. Robert L. Herbert examines closely Seurat's early oil panels of rural and suburban settings, early drawings of Parisians at work and leisure, and later canvases and drawings of cafe-concerts and circuses. Showing that Seurat's work drew on classical tradition as well as on popular arts, Herbert reevaluates the artist's painting technique and argues that individual pictures reveal artistic craft and trial and error rather than a 'scientific' nature. And he demonstrates that although Seurat's drawings and paintings have striking formal structures, they are not 'abstract', but rather poetic distillations of social and psychological meanings. This collection of the most influential of Herbert's writings on Seurat, long out of print, bear out the praise he has received for 'his ability to mix a deep knowledge of paintings and
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780300071313
0300071310
Characteristics: x, 195 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm

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