Georges Seurat

1859 Born in Paris

1878 Seurat enters the École des des Beaux-Arts studying under Henri Lehmann who had been a pupil of Ingres.

1879 Visits the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition which has a profound influence on him. Starts one year’s military service and is posted to Brest.

1880 Returns to Paris.

1883 A drawing by Seurat is accepted for exhibition at the Salon.

1884 Bathers at Asnières is rejected by the Salon but the painting is shown at the first exhibition of the Sociéte des Artistes Indépendants.

1886 Seurat exhibits various works at the eighth (and last) Impressionist Exhibition, chief among them the huge A Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte, which is again exhibited later in the same year at the second Sociéte des Artistes Indépendants. Paints at Honfleur in the summer.

1888 Seurat visits Normandy, where he paints at Port-en-Bessin.

1889 Works at Le Crotoy in Normandy.

1890 Seurat’s mistress Madeleine Knob loch gives birth to their son. Few of his associates are aware of their relationship. Works at Gravelines in the summer.

1891 Seurat falls ill and dies at the age of 31.



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Georges Seurat - Selected Works

1882 Ville d’Avray, White Houses, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

1884 Bathers at Asnières, London, National Gallery

1885 Le Bec du Hoc, Grandchamp, London, Tate

1886 A Sunday on the island of la Grande-Jatte, Chicago, Art Institute

1886 Evening, Honfleur, New York, MOMA

1886–87 The Bridge at Corbevoie, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1887–88 Circus Sideshow (La Parade), New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1888 Poseuses, Merion, Barnes Foundation

1888 Port-en-Bressin, Outer Harbour (High Tide) , Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1890 The Channel at Gravelines, Indianapolis Museum of Art

1888–90 Young Woman Powdering Herself, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1890–91 The Circus, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

Georges Seurat - Featured Paintings

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