Bridge at Courbevoie
Georges Seurat (1859-1891)
Oil on canvas
Height: 71 cm ( frame ); Width: 81 cm ( frame ); Depth: 11 cm ( frame ); Height: 46.4 cm ( canvas ); Width: 55.3 cm ( canvas );
Signed, bottom left & recto, Seurat
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948
About this work
Seurat painted this view of the river Seine in the industrial suburb of Courbevoie near Paris, using the pointillist or divisionist technique he had created. Pointillism relies on the scientific theory that colours are stronger if juxtaposed in small dots, rather than being mixed together.
The scene shows an island called the Grande Jatte, which Seurat often painted, but the mood is unusually sombre and silent. The isolated human figures add to the sense of melancholy.
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