This book for children and adults of all ages features the life of Georges Seurat, who, at the remarkably young age of 31, made his most famous painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 (1884–86). Long a favorite work of visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago, it has resided in the museum since 1926. Seurat and "La Grande Jatte" is illustrated with the artist’s work as well as with the art he learned from, including ancient Egyptian sculpture and French Impressionist painting. The book shows us how the young painter prepared himself to execute this monumental composition, which shows over 40 Parisians spending leisure time in an island park on the outskirts of the city: he developed his remarkable "colored dot" technique and made many pencil and oil sketches of the work’s various elements. In clear and engaging language, children’s-book writer Robert Burleigh artfully explains many aspects of this complex painting and suggests ways of considering its fascinating mysteries. Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte" was chosen as a 2005 Orbis Pictus Honor Book.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.; 32 pages; 21 color illustrations ISBN 0-8109-4811-7
2 days 2 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Jacques-Louis David’s "Napoleon"
French painter Jacques-Louis David created the quintessential image of Napoleon in 1812 and this rare loan provides occasion to highlight related works in the Art Institute's own collection as well as an interactive digital reconstruction of the artist's sketchbook
2 days 22 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1924: An old favorite—The Art Institute included German Shepherds as part of our crackerjack security team from the 1920s until the 1940s. Here we see guard dogs Billo and Bella posing with their handler, along with a few paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.