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The greatest painter among them was Georges Seurat (1859–91). Seurat was a
prodigy. He was not quite thirty-two when he died. Few artists find their style so
young. Seurat not only found one, but his was one of the most lucid classical
Seurat's subject matter was that of Impressionism, but his aims were not. To make
this crystal clear, he began, six years earlier than The Gravelines Channel, his
masterpiece: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884–6 (plate
The irony is part of Seurat's modernity. Precisely because it is a distanced
painting, a surface not a window, it makes one pause and reflect on its semantics.
The spectacle of art as a language fascinated Seurat. It fascinates all artists; but ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Read full review