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Seurat and the Bathers

Author: John Leighton; Richard Thomson; National Gallery (Great Britain)
Publisher: London : National Gallery Publications ; [New Haven, Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, 1997.
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In Seurat and The Bathers the authors discuss the various choices Seurat made with regard to subject, format and technique in preparing this monumental painting. They relate Seurat's working methods - the preparatory oil sketches and drawings - and the painting's physical nature - colour, brushwork and surface - to his academic training, his study of optical theory, the development of his distinctive drawing style,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Expositions
Named Person: Georges Seurat; Georges Seurat; Georges Seurat; Georges Seurat; Georges Seurat; Georges Seurat
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Leighton; Richard Thomson; National Gallery (Great Britain)
ISBN: 1857091752 9781857091755 1857091744 9781857091748 1857091698 9781857091694
OCLC Number: 37419183
Notes: Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, 2 July - 28 September 1997.
Description: 168 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Foreword / Neil MacGregor --
1. Seurat: The Early Years --
The Early Drawings --
Paintings and Studies in Oil --
Seurat and Colour Theory --
2. The Bathers: Making a Masterpiece --
The Oil Studies --
The Drawings for the Bathers --
Making the Final Picture --
The Evolution of the Composition --
Colour and Colour Effect in the Bathers --
3. Seurat's Choices: The Bathers and its Contexts --
Adapting the Ideal --
Representing the Modern --
The 'Modern' Landscape --
1884: Rejection and Response --
Characterising the Bathers --
The Echo of the Bathers --
Representing the Suburbs after 1884 --
The Continuity of the Classical
Responsibility: John Leighton, Richard Thomson ; with David Bomford, Jo Kirby, Ashok Roy.

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In Seurat and The Bathers the authors discuss the various choices Seurat made with regard to subject, format and technique in preparing this monumental painting. They relate Seurat's working methods - the preparatory oil sketches and drawings - and the painting's physical nature - colour, brushwork and surface - to his academic training, his study of optical theory, the development of his distinctive drawing style, and his early interest in plein-air oil sketching and impressionism. Stylistically, Seurat responded to the French tradition of monumental figure painting and also to contemporary artists, both Salon painters and Impressionists, arriving at a paradoxical but subtle new synthesis. Finally the authors consider the subject matter of the Bathers in relation to other nineteenth-century representations of middle- and working-class life and leisure activities in the Parisian suburbs, particularly at Asnieres.

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