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Georges Seurat Georges Seurat was born on December 2 1859 in Paris France He loved to draw as a young child while his mother Ernestine Faivre raise him and his siblings They lived in Paris and his father Antoine-Chrisostome spent most of his time in a cottage in Le Raincy In 1875 when Seurat was only sixteen he began taking a course with a sculptor Justin Lequien Several years later Seurat studied with Henri Lehmann at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts During the next two years he came upon a book entitled Essai sur les signes inconditionnels de lart Essay on the Unmistakable Signs of Art by Humbert de Superville He discovered his relationship between lines and images These finding would become the inspiration for Seurats entire career Two years later in 1879 he left the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to perform his military service in Brest While there he found his love of drawing the sea and beaches The following year he returned home to Paris to study again with Lehmann Seurats style was unconventional and soon left the school to travel In 1881 Seurat and Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean a painter who shared Seurats studio left for the island of La Grande Jatte While there Seurat received his inspiration for many of his future works In 1883 at the Salon in Paris Seurat displayed his first official exhibition The following year he painted Une Baignade Asnieres Bathing at Asnieres It too was also exhibited at the Salon des Independants in 1884 In 1886 the painting was one of the Works in Oil and Pastel by the Impressionists of Paris exhibited by Durand-Ruel at the National Academy of Design in New York It was too original and received harsh criticism in Paris and New York An American paper critic described Seurats painting as the product of a vulgar coarse and commonplace mind His work shows factories and their smokestacks in the distance while bathers cool
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