Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sunday in the Park with George

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
by Georges Seurat (1884 - 86)

My first conscious awareness of this painting was when I first saw Sunday in the Park with George starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. Sunday in the Park with George was written by Stephen Sondhiem and James Lapine after the two were inspired by a discussion they had regarding the Seurat painting.

This is probably the most famous painting by Seurat, who used the pointillism techinque for this painting. Pointillism does not combine colours on a pallate to create hue, but uses individual dots of varying colour that rely on the eye's perception to combine the dots to create an overall tones.

One could use pointilism as an excellent example of how all objects are inter-connected, but I will spare you the long analogy and refer you to hire a copy of I Heart Huckabees from Blockbuster.

Time to 'move on'.

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