Georges Seurat, the Artist Who Made His Point

Georges Seurat

Reading Comprehension for December 2

Georges Seurat loved the science of art. He once said, "Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science." He loved color and order in his work, so Georges Seurat made his point by using dots! He shocked the artistic world with the invention of pointillism.

Georges-Pierre Seurat was born on December 2, 1859, in the romantic city of Paris. His uncle introduced him to painting, and he then went to a drawing class. He soon knew that he wanted to study art as his profession, so he attended an art school in 1878 and 1879. He especially loved the paintings of Rembrandt and Francisco Goya. He became an accomplished artist at the young age of twenty-five. However, he was such a private person that we don't know many details about his life.

Georges served a year in the military, but art was always on his mind. When his service was over, he exhibited his drawings at an official display in 1883. The next year they refused to allow him to exhibit his work, so the intrepid artist had another idea. He boldly formed a group called the Society of Independent Artists. He wanted to be able to create his own style...and he did. He developed a revolutionary way of creating a picture out of small dots of paint, which later was called pointillism or divisionism.

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