Google Doodle Celebrates George Seurat: Why Do We Celebrate His Birthday?

This Thursday, December 2, marks the 162nd anniversary of the French painter’s birth Georges Seurat, the creator of pointillism, and Google has decided to honor him with a new one Doodle.

Born in Paris, France to a wealthy family, Seurat began his art lessons as a teenager before joining the prestigious art institution The art school in 1878, where he learned about color theory and contrasts.

Seurat was seduced by art at an early age

But in November 1879 he left school to study on his own, influenced by the Impressionists Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, as well as enlist in the Army. A year later, he returned to Paris and took up art again with special attention to the craft of monochromatic (monochrome) works.

Seurat, given his interest in art history, studied color theory, perception and the psychological power of line and form, this time influenced by the writings of the French chemist Michel Eugne Chevreul and American physicist Ogden Red, and adds its scientific approach to colors and optical effects in its paintings.

That Paris salon, a prestigious venue for new works of art, had already given Seurat the opportunity to exhibit his work in 1883 with a pencil portrait of his roommate, but a year later he rejected his first major painting, The bathers in Asnires.

A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte

This episode got the French painter to work on his signature work, A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte. Seurat used his pointillist technique with thousands of tiny dots and brushstrokes on the canvas in mural size.

Such a work of art, which took two years to complete and is now part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection, depicts Parisians strolling and relaxing in an island park on the Seine.

Seurat lost his life in 1891, only 31 years old, after a short illness, which to this day is unclear, but which could have been meningitis or pneumonia.

The new Google Doodle shows the pointillist technique using 200,000 small brushstrokes and touches of contrasting color to paint A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte.

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