La Luzerne, Saint-Denis

Georges Seurat1885

National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland

Seurat's use of short, unblended, strongly coloured brushstrokes has created a vivid and vibrant work. Distant farm buildings and houses are seen across a field of alfalfa (luzerne), punctuated throughout by red poppy flowers. This is part of the broad plain, which in the nineteenth century, still separated Paris from Saint-Denis (now a northern suburb of the capital). It is a fascinating example of the painting technique Seurat developed, called 'divisionism' or 'pointillism'. The English artist and influential critic Roger Fry (1866-1934) owned this painting and was instrumental in introducing works of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to the British public.

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  • Title: La Luzerne, Saint-Denis
  • Creator: Georges Seurat
  • Date Created: 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: w813 x h653 cm (Irregular)
  • Credit Line: Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund, a Treasury Grant and the family of Roger Fry 1973
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/shop/commercial-and-non-commercial-reproduction/article/copyright-and-reproduction-of-works
  • External Link: National Galleries of Scotland
  • Medium: Oil on canvas


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