Published: May 13, 2019

Georges Seurat Parade. Description of the painting

Georges Seurat is one of the prominent representatives of the current of pointillism. The essence of this direction consists in the creation of paintings using separate strokes of the dotted form. When looking at the image at a distance, small dots fuse together, forming a finished painting. One of the examples of pointillist works is the painting "Parade".

Parade by Georges Seurat. Description of the painting

 

On the canvas, the artist depicted a parade in the Corvi Circus. The parade is held by lamplight in the evening. The central figure of the composition is a circus performer with a trombone and in a triangular cap. He stands on the podium in the open air in the middle of the street and drums up spectators. To the right of the trombonist, you can see the director of the staging and the clown, to the left the musicians face downstage.

At the bottom of the picture in front of the podium stand spectators who are lively talking to each other. At the far right of the canvas, you can see the queue for tickets. Near the ticket office with green doors, a woman and a young girl, depicted in red and orange colors, buy tickets. Along the length of a top of the canvas painted gas lamps.

The canvas consists of many small yellow, green, red, orange, brown and purple dots. The artist masterly drew a real masterpiece using dotted strokes.

"Parade" is the first picture of Seurat with a plot about a holiday and night-time. For the first time painting was presented to the public at the French exhibition of the Salon of Independent in 1888. Many critics reject this canvas because of the lack of depth and perspective typical for early works by Seurat. However, "Parade" gained a reputation of the most enigmatic work at the exhibition.




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