Posts Tagged ‘Pointallism’

Artist of the moment……Hippolyte Petitjean

Hippolyte Petitjean was born in 1854 in the city of Macon, France. Petitjean painted in a realist manner and also a pointalist style. I attended the wonderful show celebrating Parisian painters at the Denver Art Museum, and was fascinated at the look of this work from far away.

Hippolyte Petitjean began an apprentice ship with a local artist when he was thirteen years old. At that time he also began taking evening drawing lessons. The lessons paid off and the artist won a city scholarship to attend the Ecole des Beaux- Arts in Paris, France. A major influence at the institution was the founder of the Society of the Beautiful Arts named Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Chavannes had a strong impact on the painter.

In the mid 1870s he joined the Neo-Impressionist group after being asked to join by Georges Seurat.

Over his career he would earn a living as a drawing teacher and a painter. As a painter he would go through periods of painting more realistically with a palette of muted greys. He would also go through periods of time where he painted with a pointalist style that emphasized many droplets of color.

The artist passed away in 1929.

Price range information: Works are in watercolor and oils and range from $5,000 to $100,000.

The work of Hippolyte Petitjean really impressed me in person at the Denver Art Museum. It was my favorite pointalist painting!



Artist of the moment…..Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat is a perfect artist to study on a hot summer day! Georges Seurat was born in Paris, France in the year 1859. Seurat is associated with the Pointillism movement. His father worked in the legal field and had become wealthy from some land transactions. For his artistic education Seurat studied at the Ecole Municipale de Sculpture de Dessin. After this he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Some of Georges Seurat’s most famous works accompanied by Vivaldi. Your next few minutes is set!

And to close with we will take a look at one of my favorite categories, appropriations! Here Vik Muniz pays homage to Seurat and reproduces Seurat’s famous Afternoon on the Island of Jatte work with puzzle pieces.

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In the link below two art lovers tell us more about Seurat and his work a Sunday on the La Grande Jatte.

A link to some other works using the same sculptural build up of space using puzzle pieces.  Vik Muniz is currently based in Brooklyn and is renown for making works of art using unusual materials like caviar, chocolate, or in this case puzzle pieces. Another great work featuring Marilyn Monroe done by Vik Muniz is shown here, please take some time to explore this site as the artist is a creative genius! :

First major work was titled the Bathers at Asnieres. It featured some young men at leisure by the river Seine. It was rejected by the Salon, but the artist found other groups to show this monumental work. In the end Seurat set up a new organization that dealt with independent artists.

Was influential in Paul Signac’s approach to painting.

Although some critics and experts classify the artist as Impressionistic in technique, Seurat loved to draw and would make monochrome drawings and even small oil paintings before beginning work on a larger sized canvas.

The artist died at only 31 years of age in 1891. The cause of death is uncertain but Seurat had recently had pneumonia and diphtheria is also mentioned as a possible cause.

A link to a great website featuring the artist;