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Georges Seurat : the art of vision

Author: Michelle Foa
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015] ©2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This revelatory study of Georges Seurat (1859-1891) explores the artist's profound interest in theories of visual perception and analyzes how they influenced his celebrated seascape, urban, and suburban scenes. While Seurat is known for his innovative use of color theory to develop his pointillist technique, this book is the first to underscore the centrality of diverse ideas about vision to his seascapes, figural  Read more...
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Named Person: Georges Seurat; Georges Seurat
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Foa
ISBN: 9780300208351 0300208359
OCLC Number: 937894857
Notes: Index.
Description: ix, 235 pages : illustrations (certaines en couleur) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Seeing in Series --
Figuring Out Vision --
Seductive Sights --
Sight and Touch in Black and White --
Postscript : the Eiffel Tower as Urban Lighthouse.
Responsibility: Michelle Foa.

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"This revelatory study of Georges Seurat (1859-1891) explores the artist's profound interest in theories of visual perception and analyzes how they influenced his celebrated seascape, urban, and suburban scenes. While Seurat is known for his innovative use of color theory to develop his pointillist technique, this book is the first to underscore the centrality of diverse ideas about vision to his seascapes, figural paintings, and drawings. Michelle Foa highlights the importance of the scientist Hermann von Helmholtz, whose work on the physiology of vision directly shaped the artist's approach. Foa contends that Seurat's body of work constitutes a far-reaching investigation into various modes of visual engagement with the world and into the different states of mind that visual experiences can produce. Foa's analysis also brings to light Seurat's sustained exploration of long-standing and new forms of illusionism in art. Beautifully illustrated with more than 140 paintings and drawings, this book serves as an essential reference on Seurat." -- [Site Web de l'éditeur].

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"Foa Skillfully covers new ground in Seurat studies. This work will appeal to art scholars and students as well as the general reader interested in 19th-century French painting and its influence in Read more...

 
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