Abstract Canvas Prints No 67 : A Sunday Afternoon on the Grand Jette

Abstract Canvas Prints No 67 : A Sunday Afternoon on the Grand Jette   A Sunday Afternoon on the Grand Jette (1884-6) is one of the most recognisable paintings in the world. It sees the beady-eyed Frenchman in his Pointillist prime, although he was still only in his mid 20s. Again it is a huge […]

Abstract Canvas Prints No 66 : The Effect was Dazzling

Abstract Canvas Prints No 66 : The Effect was Dazzling   Seurat had his own theory. He had discovered that the contrasting colours (red and green, blue and yellow, and so on) could appear brighter still if they were slightly separated. The thinking being that when we look at a red or green or blue […]

Abstract Canvas Prints No 65 : Manet, Monet, Pissarro and Delacroix

Abstract Canvas Prints No 65 : Manet, Monet, Pissarro and Delacroix   Isaac Newton’s book ‘Opticks’ (1704) was (and still is) the standard starting-point for the student of colour theory. This is the one in which the great scientist explains how white light dispersed through a prism breaks down into a spectrum of seven colours. […]

Abstract Canvas Prints No 64 : Mathematical Precision

Abstract Canvas Prints No 64 : Mathematical Precision   Durand-Ruel took the picture to America as part of his highly successful 1886 exhibition, ‘Works in Oil and Pastel by the Impressionists of Paris’. It wasn’t the most popular work on display. The New York Times described ‘Bathing’ as ‘among the most distressing painting shown….the blazing […]

Abstract Canvas Prints No 63 : Bathers at Asnieres (1884)

Abstract Canvas Prints No 63 : Bathers at Asnieres (1884) For him the Impressionists were painting pictures that resembled a jumble of clothes carelessly thrown to the floor, he thought they should be folded into tidy piles. Seurat’s aim was to bring order and discipline to Impressionism, to take their innovations with colour and codify […]