Gray Weather, Grande Jatte

Georges Seurat French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 823

This view extends from the island of La Grande Jatte, framed by trees, to the red-roofed houses of the Paris suburb of either Asnières or Courbevoie across the Seine. Seurat had earlier celebrated this stretch of the river with his ambitious compositions Bathers at Asnières (1883–84, National Gallery, London) and A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884–86, Art Institute of Chicago). Here he sought "to transcribe most exactly the vivid outdoor clarity [of nature] in all its nuances" using a technique known as Divisionism (also called Pointillism). The painted border was added shortly before the picture was first exhibited in 1889.

Gray Weather, Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris), Oil on canvas

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