About the Class
The public display of Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte at the final impressionist exhibition in 1886 ushered in a radical new direction for painting, one based in science and optical theory rather than impressionist spontaneity. This course considers Seurat’s technique of pointillism through several key works, including the Barnes’s monumental Models (Poseuses) as well as captivating seascapes and luminous black-and-white drawings. We will explore how Seurat’s oeuvre, despite his meteoric career being cut short at the age of 31, has had a lasting impact on the development of modern art.
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Kearis is a member of the adult education faculty at the Barnes. She specializes in art and material culture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between gender, space, and the visual arts. In addition, Kearis has taught French language and literature for more than a decade.
Art in Context
Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?