Is Seurat’s ‘La Grande Jatte’ the Most Misunderstood Painting of the Modern Era? Katie White, δημοσίευση στο ArtNet News [10/6/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is a painting defined by its ambiguities. The monumental canvas, measuring some 7 by 10 feet, shows upper- and middle-class Parisians partaking in a day of leisure on La Grande Jatte, a slender portion of an island in the Seine River, located just beyond Paris. While ostensibly a scene celebrating life’s idyllic pleasures, with families reclining by the water on a warm spring day, the painting counterintuitively exudes a profound sense of desolation. The figures appear frozen in time, isolated from one another, their distinguishing facial features obscured—mere mannequins of life.
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