Georges Seurat - The Forest at Pontaubert 1881

The Forest at Pontaubert
1881 79x62cm oil/canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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From Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City:
Seurat spent two months in the late summer and early fall of 1881 in Pontaubert, a village in the Cousin Valley southeast of Paris frequented by Daubigny, Corot, and other Barbizon artists. The visit inspired this "sous-bois" or forest glade, which Seurat probably completed the following winter in the studio he shared with his traveling companion and former École des Beaux-Arts schoolmate Aman-Jean. With its concert of greens, its subtle, shimmering light effects, and its vertical pattern of tree trunks, this work anticipates the landscapes in Seurat’s monumental Bathers at Asnières in London (1883–84) and A Sunday on La Grande Jatte in Chicago (1884–86).