The Portsdown U3A Art Appreciation Group are a friendly bunch and we have some spaces at the moment for people who want to share their interest in the visual arts or just want to find out what this ‘art stuff’ is all about.
At our April meeting we looked at the work of the 19th century French artist Georges Seurat. He is known for his huge pointillist paintings which use a technical method of creating colour using dots of colour rather than normal brush strokes. This allows the eye of the viewer to blend the individual colours to create the intended colour.
We found out that Seurat was not the only famous artist to experiment with this technique but that other artists such as Van Gogh, Pissarro, Matisse and Andy Warhol also used this method. However Seurat’s large paintings are the most well known. We in this country are lucky to have his famous painting “Bathers at Asnieres” prominently displayed at the National Gallery in London. However, you will need to travel to Chicago to see his “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grande Jatte”. This painting is the subject of a Stephen Sondheim musical called “Sunday in the Park with George” which creates a story surrounding the characters in the painting ( have a look at Youtube ! )