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19 February 2012

See Seurat's Bathers at Asnières

Apparently composed from a number of smaller studies of individual figures, Seurat's Bathers at Asnières shows people swimming on an attractive section of the River Seine in what is now an industrial suburb of Paris.

The large piece was painted using oil on canvas and completed by Seurat in 1884, when he was just twenty-four years old. It now hangs in room 44 of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathers_at_Asni%C3%A8res

^Picture © artelista used under Creative Commons^


  1. the river Thames?

  2. Oh, piss. What an awful week it's been for me making errors. Will try harder next week.

  3. This picture is a wonderful example of both Pointilism and use of the Golden Mean in the composition.
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  4. This painting was the subject of a short art course I did a few years ago. I'd never seen it until - by chance - last weekend, and was staggered at the size of it. Apparently Seurat reworked one of the bathers' hats much later, once he had mastered a new technique (or so the label at the NG said). Cheers.

  5. Suerat's Bathers was the subject of a short art course I did a few years ago...... I'd never seen it, until, by chance, last week at the NG. Quite staggered by its size in real life! Then of course even more surprised to see it featured here. Cheers.

  6. If I could paint twice as good as I do now, I still would need to improve 10 time more just to be half as good as this painting...