Seurat : drawings and paintings

by Herbert, Robert L., 1929-2020

Format: Print Book 2001
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction N6853.S48 H47 2001
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  N6853.S48 H47 2001
Upper St. Clair Township Library Art History 759.4 SEURAT
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Art History
Call Number  759.4 SEURAT
Georges Seurat, painter of Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte, had a meteoric career that ended in 1891 with his death at age 31. In this generously illustrated book, the leading specialist on Seurat examines the entire range of the artist's work, focusing on individual paintings and drawings and interpreting the personal and social meanings of their subjects. Robert L. Herbert examines closely Seurat's early oil panels of rural and suburban settings, early drawings of Parisians at work and leisure, and later canvases and drawings of cafe-concerts and circuses. Showing that Seurat's work drew on classical tradition as well as on popular arts, Herbert reevaluates the artist's painting technique and argues that individual pictures reveal artistic craft and trial and error rather than a 'scientific' nature. And he demonstrates that although Seurat's drawings and paintings have striking formal structures, they are not 'abstract', but rather poetic distillations of social and psychological meanings. This collection of the most influential of Herbert's writings on Seurat, long out of print, bear out the praise he has received for 'his ability to mix a deep knowledge of paintings and
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Eminent art historian Robert L. Herbert (Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society) is emeritus professor at Mount Holyoke College after a long career at Yale. His commonsense approach to 19th-century art has long been a refreshment; his pioneering method of studying Impressionists, by turning the paintings upside down to see how the paint was applied, remains legendary. Seurat: Drawings and Paintings is a collection of his various articles on 19th-century French painter Georges Seurat, one of his specialties, written over the years for various hard-to-find journals, including a particularly well-reasoned essay on the painting Parade. Often summed up as "the dot painter" for his pointillist style, Seurat in fact had many other intriguing preoccupations as an artist, which Herbert expertly reveals. ( June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Seurat, Georges, -- 1859-1891 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Neo-impressionism (Art) -- France.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,2001
Language English
Description x, 195 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [187]-189) and index.
ISBN 0300071310 (cloth : alk. paper)
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