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Freddy Carp12 Grade Bartlett High School AnchorageAKGrade ANovember 7 1995Georges Seurat The Neo-Impressionist Georges Seurat was born in Paris on December 2 1859 As a youth he attended a municipal art school where he copied plaster casts and he then studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1878 and 1879 Homer 7 The young Seurat was strongly influenced by Rembrant and Francisco de Goya Seurat spent his entire life in Paris except for trips taken in the summer and a year in the military at Brest He began his career in 1880 when he was drawn to the impressionists technique and began to do small paintings of peasants stone breakers and other people at work Georges Seurat rebelled against the empirical realism and spontaneous nature of Impressionism with the use of science to derive strictly composed works Homer 23 In the time of his formative years Seurat was drawn to the works of the coloristic tradition He studied paintings by Delacroix Monet Pissarro Puvis and Renoir looking particularly at their representation of light and color These artists had tried to find ways to make pigments appear more vibrant and intense Blunt 21 Seurat focused on the impressionist attempt to capture the brilliant effect of sunlight He also looked toward scientific and theoretical writings to learn more about luminosity intensity and harmony of color He made many black and white drawings practicing his use of light and shade Seurat wished to master drawing in shades of grey before jumping to colored oil paintings His public debut in 1883 came with the admittance to the Salon of a pen portrait of his friend Aman-Jean Russell 13 During his experimentation with oil painting Seurat made large visible brush stokes part of some works as an impressionist might He went forward with the evolution of his style to produce his first major painting The
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