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Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat

A French post-Impressionist painter, Seurat (1859–1891) is noted for his innovative painting techniques known as Pointillism and Chromoluminarism, in which paintings would render color in individual, syncopated dots which visually creating a field of color at a distance. The technique relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones. Encouraged by breaking ground in color theory, Neo-Impressionists of the time working in these styles believed that separate touches of pigment result in a greater vibrancy of color in the observer’s eye, compared to the conventional mixing of pigments on the palette.

Georges Seurat’s powerful presence as the leader of Neo-Impressionism resonated among artists for decades. Although his is a technique with few serious practitioners today, it came to influence works of art by pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

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