Georges Seurat. Master of pointillism
May 24th, 2014 - September 7th, 2014The Kröller-Müller Museum has a unique group of works by Georges Seurat (Paris 1859-Paris 1891), collected by Helene Kröller-Müller.
The harbour views which Seurat made in the summers of 1885 to 1891 on the French coast and the ecstatic Le Chahut, image of Paris nightlife, belong to the top pieces in the collection and are permanently on view for the public. The exhibition shows these important and much loved paintings for the first time in a broader context within the oeuvre of Seurat. International works on loan will also be shown, with as the undisputed highlight, Le Cirque from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Georges Seurat has come to be known as the founder of neo-impressionism, with his paintings built up from minute paintbrush dots and his attention for scientific colour theories. The exhibition approaches Seurat’s pointillist style and his themes from a perspective which has not been used earlier to frame an exhibition: Symbolism. This movement emerged at the same time in Paris as a new movement in literature and visual art.
The interaction between the different art forms will be placed in the context of the ‘new times’ which were characterised by industrialisation and technological art forms, and of which the Eiffel Tower built in 1889 was a highly visible and powerful symbol.