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Georges Seurat : “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (1884)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is Georges Seurat’s iconic masterpiece, and one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth century. On a bucolic island on the Seine are gathered a motley assortment of forty-eight Parisians smoking, knitting, boating, fishing, enjoying music, and admiring flowers. Dogs meander through the scene. At right, a woman with a bustle and parasol holds a monkey. Near the center of the composition, a girl in white stares questioningly at the viewer.

Seurat was inspired by the permanence of classical art and Italian Renaissance frescoes. As he stated to poet Gustave Kahn, “The Panathenaeans of Phidias formed a procession. I want to make modern people, in their essential traits, move about as they do on those friezes, and place them on canvases organized by harmonies of color.” Panned by contemporary critics and largely unseen until it was loaned to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1924, interest in the painting was renewed by the Marxist philosopher Ernest Bloch, who described it as “one single mosaic of boredom, a masterful rendering of the disappointed longing and incongruities of a dolce far niente [pleasant idleness],” seeming to “belong more to Hades than to a Sunday.”

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is also the most recognized example of the pointillist technique. Measuring roughly 7 feet by 10 feet, it is made up of millions of dots of pure color which blend together at a distance. Seurat believed that these optically blended colors were more brilliant than the corresponding mix of paint and, indeed, that he was achieving the maximum luminosity that it was possible for his pigments to yield.

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

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Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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