European Art: 19th Century

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The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy, c. 1882

Georges-Pierre Seurat

French, 1859-1891
Oil on canvas
14-3/4 x 17-7/8 in. (37.5 x 45.4 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1968.28.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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This early work introduces a technique that Seurat would soon fully develop, which became known as Pointillism. Whereas Impressionism was based on the effects of light and the use of pure color, Pointillism was a technique using ordered compositions of harmonious, juxtaposed dots of color. Seurat's Pointillist works are characterized by solid, formal compositions embellished with a highly complex, decorative painted surface.

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