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The Channel at Gravelines, Petit-Fort-Philippe (Le chenal de Gravelines, Petit-Fort-Philippe)

Georges Seurat1890

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Georges-Pierre Seurat is best known for his large-scale scenes of modern life, but he was also an accomplished landscape painter with a particular talent for marines. This work was painted in the last summer of Seurat’s short life at the seaport of Gravelines on the Channel coast of France near the Belgian border. Seurat’s signature pointillist handling is evident, for example, in the mast where color is broken up into patches of blue, yellow and vermilion red. The absence of any human presence lends an ethereal, ghostly atmosphere to the composition.

Details

  • Title: The Channel at Gravelines, Petit-Fort-Philippe (Le chenal de Gravelines, Petit-Fort-Philippe)
  • Creator: Georges Seurat
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 6 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches (15.88 x 25.08 cm) Framed: 18 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 2 3/8 inches (47.63 x 38.74 x 6.03 cm)
  • Rights: Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Culture: French

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