Pointillism
c. 1880-1900
Macy Fout
Georges Seurat
• Founder of Pointillism
• Started in Paris, France during the 19th
century
• Georges Seurat was also the founder of the
French school of Neo-Impresssionism.
• Leader in the neo-impressionist movement of
the 19th century
• Spent his life studying color theories and the
effects of different linear structures
Timeline
• Before Pointillism came NeoImpressionism
• After Pointillism came Italian Divisionism
Pointillism
• The technique for portraying the play of
light using tiny brushstrokes of contrasting
colors.
• Uses small dots or strokes of contrasting
color to create subtle changes in form.
• Most pointillism works of art are paintings.
• Led to influence Neo-Impressionism, Pop
Art, and Chromoluminarism.
Artists
• Georges Seurat
• Paul Signac
• Vincent van Gogh
• Henri-Edmund Cross
• Charles Angrand
• Camille Pissarro
4 Characteristics
• Small brushstrokes
• Dots/Points
• Contrasting colors
• Play of light
Georges Seurat, 1884, France, La Grande Jette, oil,
canvas
Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande
Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884-1886.
Vincent van Gogh, Self Portrait,
1887,
Paul Signac, Femmes au Puits,
1892,
The Eiffel
Tower
(1889)
Fine Art
Museum
of San
Francisco
View of Fort Samson, Grandcamp
1885 (130 Kb); Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 32 in; The
Hermitage, St. Petersburg; Formerly Collection of
Bernhard Koehler, Berlin
Georges Seurat Woman
Powdering Herself 1889
The Pont Neuf, ca. 1912–14
Hippolyte Petitjean (French, 1854–1929)
Watercolor and gouache on paper 9 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.
(250 x 190 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.681)
The Church at Eragny, Camille
Pissarro, 1884. The Walters Art
Museum.
Signac, Paul - 1886 Portrait of
Felix Feneon
Maximilien Luce, Morning, Interior,
1890, using pointillist technique.
Paul Signac, Sunday, 18881890