Seurat and La Grande Jatte: Connecting the Dots

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An analysis of Georges Seurat's famous painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, includes where and when it was made, interesting details, and the techniques used to create a sense of stillness.

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Robert Burleigh is a painter himself, as well the award winning author of many books for children, including the Texas Blue Bonnet Master List book Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest. He lives in Chicago.

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Gr. 3-6. Like Action Jackson (2002), by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, this picture book for older readers focuses on a single painting to introduce an artist's life and work--in this case, Georges Seurat's La Grande Jatte. Burleigh begins with direct observations about the painting's size, pointillist style, and composition, dropping facts about Seurat's life into his discussion. The text is somewhat uneven. Sophisticated language about the artist ("he was--as a friend put it--'haunted by night's magnificence'") mixes with sometimes-cloying phrases aimed at younger children ("What do we notice first?") and the many handsome reproductions of the painting are occasionally lost in the book's binding. But Burleigh's accessible observations will encourage children to think about basic art principles (how colors work together; what harmony means in a painting) and to look, linger, and find the stories, or at least the questions, in artwork. There are no source notes, but a selected bibliography, a glossary, and a time line close this attractive title, which has been published in association with the Art Institute of Chicago. Gillian Engberg
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