Georges Seurat (December 2, 1859-March 29, 1891) is credited with the pioneering of the pointillist technique of painting, in which the artist applies pure, distinct dots of color to the canvas in order to create an image, rather than painting in broad brushstrokes. A member of the French school of Post-Impressionism, Seurat’s large canvasses are now iconic for their dotted composition, which was criticized and ridiculed in his time. Studying in Paris at the renowned Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Seurat went on to form the Societé des Artists Indépendants along with contemporaries such as Paul Signac. Despite his early death, Seurat contributed greatly to modern color theory and its application in the artistic process. With his paintings hanging in institutions such as London’s National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago, Seurat’s singular technique and composition have earned him a permanent place in the art historical canon.
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