Seurat: Bathers at Asnières

Georges Seurat: Bathers at Asnières – 1883-1884 National Gallery, London On the 15 May 1884 the first Salon des Artistes Indépendants opened in the courtyard of the Tuileries. This was a momentous event for the art world enabling young artists […]

Seurat: A Sunday on the Island of the Grand Jatte

Georges Seurat: A Sunday on the Island of the Grande Jatte – 1884-1886 Art Institute, Chicago It is possible that as early as 1883 Seurat was formulating his ideas for large painting, complementary to the Bathers at Asnières (which had been […]

Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat Born in Paris in December 1859, Seurat had scant contact with his distant father but formed a close attachment with his mother who appears in several drawings. Much later he would continue to take his evening meal with […]

Henri Edmond Cross

Henri Edmond Cross Henri Edmond Joseph Delacroix was born to a French father and a British-born mother in Douai, northern France. In 1865 the family moved to Lille and a year later, at the age of ten his talent was […]

Cross: The Evening Breeze

Henri Edmond Cross: The Evening Breeze (l’air du Soir) – 1894  Musée d’Orsay, Paris A company of women linger among trees which emerge from the sandy delta of a shallow stream. In the foreground two of the group lie on […]

Paul Signac

Paul Signac At the tender age of seventeen Paul Signac dropped out of school and immersed himself in the avant-garde life of Montmartre where his family had been living. He soon came into contact with the literary and artistic circles […]

Signac, Portrait of Felix Feneon

Paul Signac: Portrait of Félix Fénéon – 1890  Museum of Modern Art, New York This extraordinary profile of Signac’s friend, the writer and critic Félix Fénéon is set against a swirl of spiralling, sinuous abstract designs. These background patterns were […]