Although it seems a touch odd that a museum of the caliber of Art Institute of Chicago has mounted an exhibition based on a single painting, Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884) is, as stated at the web site, "one of the most beloved, famous, and frequently reproduced paintings in the world ... the painting is an icon and a destination in itself for visitors." To elucidate La Grande Jatte, the show brings together about 130 works of art by Seurat, fellow pointillist painters Paul Signac and Lucien Pissarro, as well as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro. Exhibition themes include Seurat's early years and his color theories, based on optical mixing of colors, and enhancing color intensity by placing dots of contrasting or opposite colors (e.g. red & green) next to each other. There are also sections on Bathing Place, Asnières, a painting that Seurat completed just prior to La Grande Jatte, and Claude Monet's Impressionist paintings of the same landscape. The web site provides enough information to both whet the appetite of those who are willing to travel to Chicago and stand in line for tickets, and to satisfy those who do not wish to make the trip.
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