b. 1859
- d. 1891
  • France
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$USD 136.970.376
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Georges Seurat’s early artistic education began at the École des Beaux-Arts, where he was exposed to traditional academic training. However, he was drawn to experiment with color theory and the scientific principles of optics. This fascination would later become the foundation of his revolutionary technique. In the late 1880s, Seurat developed Pointillism, a style in which he used small dots or points of pure color to create images. The painting’s meticulous arrangement of colored dots allows the viewer’s eye to blend the colors optically, creating a vibrant and luminous surface.

Seurat’s commitment to color theory went beyond the canvas. He was an active proponent of the idea that colors could evoke specific emotions and convey different sensations. He even developed his own color wheel, which he believed could help artists achieve harmonious color combinations. He died of diphtheria at the age of 31 on March 29, 1891, leaving behind only a small but incredibly influential body of work. His innovative techniques and ideas laid the groundwork for subsequent artistic movements like Neo-Impressionism and Fauvism. Georges Seurat’s legacy as a master of color theory and Pointillism endures, and his impact on the art world can be felt through the continued admiration of his works and the influence he has had on generations of artists who followed.


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Georges SEURAT (1859-1891)
Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version) (1888)


39.3 x 50 cm


New York NY, United States
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I , 09 nov 2022

Lot # 8
Hammer price: $ 130,000,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 149,240,000

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