Georges Seurat - The Bridge at Courbevoie 1887

The Bridge at Courbevoie 1887
The Bridge at Courbevoie
1887 71x81cm oil/canvas
Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

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From Courtauld Institute of Art, London:
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.
(Permanent collection label)