Social Distancing in Art: Paris style! (Seurat)

Cher’s Famous Art

01 August 2020

“Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”

Georges Seurat, French, Pointillism, 1884-86

Social distancing, Paris style! As we Minnesotans enjoyed our 10,000+ lakes and rivers during the summer while trying to social distance, this painting came to mind. It is one of my personal favorites.

I am in awe of Seurat’s patience to create this huge (6’10” x 10’1”) oil painting using NO LINES, only tiny DOTS!  

“Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat

Interestingly, as I view this painting for the umpteenth time, but with COVID-19 eyes—these Parisians, in little clusters on the River Seine, appear to me to be using perfect social distancing, although I’m sure that is not what Seurat intended! 

“Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Our young daughters enjoyed seeing it with me during a trip to Chicago.

The photo I took of them is helpful in that it provides excellent scale to appreciate the actual size of this painting.

TRAVEL TIP: The Art Institute of Chicago is a fabulous museum with a magnificent collection of famous art. It is along Michigan Avenue’s Museum Mile and next door to the fun sculpture of The Bean in Millennial Park. It is a great city to visit for a long weekend; and plan at least 4 hours at this art museum!

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