Georges Seurat 1859-1891

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A volume which embodies an entire generation of scholarship on the artist. Seurat's brief but brilliant career is traced from his early academic drawings of the 1870s to the paintings of popular entertainments and the serene landscapes of his final years.

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Robert L. Herbert is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Mount Holyoke College. Among his publications are "Seurat's Drawings "(1962), "Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society "(1988), "Monet on the Normandy Coast: Tourism and Painting "(1994), "Nature's Workshop: Renoir's Writings on the Decorative Arts "(2000), and "Seurat: Drawings and Paintings "(2001). Neil Harris is Preston and Sterling Morton Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Among his publications is "Chicago's Dream, a World's Treasure: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1893-1993 "(1993).

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This extraordinary volume presents a Seurat far more fascinating and complex than the standard image of the coolly scientific dot painter of picnickers and circuses. Cataloguing a large retrospective now at New York's Metropolitan Museum on the centenary of the artist's death, the book gives us a Seurat of many moods and styles. His drawings include powerful naturalistic pictures of laborers, as well as shadowy, mystical portraits and symbolic landscapes suggestive of Odilon Redon. His meditative seascapes suggest a spiritual cleansing, and the solitary figures on dusky streets prefigure the modern age of urban atomization. Seurat mocked commercialized big-city entertainment with his puppetlike figures. His rarely seen female nudes bring impetuosity and freshness to a classic theme. The reproductions are superb. The text, written by Herbert ( Seurat's Drawings ) in collaboration with scholars from the Met and the Musee d'Orsay, Paris, intertwines the life and work of the enormously prolific artist who died at the age of 31.
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