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Paintings by Georges Seurat


Le Bec du Hoc, Grandcamp by Georges Seurat
Le Bec du Hoc on canvas, Tate Gallery in London.
Le Bec du Hoc on canvas, Tate Gallery in London.

In works such as the 1885 painting Le Bec du Hoc, Grandcamp, Georges Seurat sought a scientific approach to the visual sensations associated with Impressionism. Seurat developed a method of applying pure pigment to his canvas in individual dots asserting that, when placed in close proximity, the colors would be perceived as a luminous mixture. Georges Seurat's method, exemplified in Le Bec du Hoc, Grandcamp, became known as Neo-Impressionism because it advanced ideas concerning visual perceptions.

Seurat's new technique was derogatorily labeled "Pointillism" by some critics, but he stuck with it. Continue reading to see more of Seurat's paintings in this mode.

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