Georges Pierre Seurat

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Georges-Pierre Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman.

Biography

Seurat was born on 2, December 1859 in Paris, France. During his schooldays, Seurat was introduced to painting by his uncle Paul Haumonté-Faivre, himself an amateur painter.

In 1878 and 1879, Seurat attended the École des Beaux-Art - School of Fine Arts in France. During these years, he visited the Fourth Impressionist exhibition, where he had seen impresionist paintings and an art liberated from the rigidities of academic rules.

Since then, Seurat was working on his large paintings (for example A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - the painting as large as a wall) later exhibited along with the works by Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Signac. Georges-Pierre Seurat died unexpectedly on 29, March 1891 in Paris, France. He was 31.

Most expensive work

The most expensive George Seurat ratwork ever sold at auction is 'Landscape, Island of the Grand Jatte' which sold for $35.2 million at Sotheby's in 1999.

Other valuable works by Georges-Pierre Seurat include oil on panel called Paysage, homme assis (étude pour Un Dimanche d'été à l'Ile de La Grande) (painted in 1884-1885 and sold for $2,098,500 on 3, November 2010 at Christie’s auction in New York) and La Promenade (sold for $3,330,500 on 3, November 2010 at Christie’s auction in New York, USA).

See main article: Top 10 Georges Seurat artworks sold at auction

Most famous works

Several other paintings by Seurat are considered as masterpieces of impressionist art. For example:

  • Garrconnet Assis (sold for £1,945,250 on 3, February 2010 at Sotheby’s auction in London, UK);
  • Le tas de pierres (sold for $1,930,500 on 2, November 2010 at Sotheby’s auction in New York, USA);
  • Maison carrée (sold for $1,082,500 on 5, November 2008 at Christie’s auction in New York, USA);
  • Paysan travaillant (sold for $1,538,500 on 1, November 2011 at Christie’s auction in New York, USA);
  • L' hospice Le Phare Honfleur (sold for £657,250 on 3, February 2010 at Sotheby’s auction in London, UK);
  • Fort de la halle (sold for $576,000 on 4, May 2005 at Christie’s auction in New York, USA);
  • L'homme à femmes (sold for €301,000 on 23 – 25, February 2009 at Christie’s auction in Paris, France);
  • Paysanne Les Mains Au Sol (sold for €240,750 on 3, June 2010 at Sotheby’s auction in Paris, France)
  • Hiver en banlieu (sold for $156,500 on 13, May 1999 at Christie’s auction in New York, USA).

 

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