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In the early 1880s, in the wake of impressionism,  French painter Georges Pierre Seurat pioneered a methodical and scientific technique known as pointillism or divisionism. He stated "Art is harmony. Harmony is the analogy of contrary and of similar elements of tone, of color and of line, conditioned by the dominate key, and under the influence of a particular light, in gay, calm, or sad combinations."

Seurat juxtaposed small dots of pure color together to maximize luminosity. The dots appeared to intermingle and blend in the spectator's eye.

Examples of Pointillist  Paintings  (click to enlarge)

Important Pointillist Painters

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Charles Angrand (1854-1926) French

Georges Lemmen (1865 - 1916) Belgian

Georges Seurat (1859 - 1891) French

Paul Signac (1863 - 1935) French

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862 - 1926) Belgian


Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science. Georges Seurat

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