Parts of the Whole

This gallery exhibits artworks painted using a technique known as divisionism. This technique was developed in 1884 by Georges Seurat and is prominently shown in his painting "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte". Divisionism is characterized by the use of small bits of paint used to create a whole picture. Seurat's style of divisionism would become known as pointillism. This is characterized by the use of small, unblended dots of paint. Van Gogh would go on to develop a form of divisionism known as impasto. This technique was less concerned with the use of unblended colors, but rather strokes of a color to create texture within a painting. The use of impasto is especially evident in van Gogh's famous "The Starry Night". You can see how the layering of brush strokes and use of contrasting colors really makes images like the moon stand out in the painting. I chose this theme for my gallery because I found the technique itself fascinating. Viewers will be able to see first hand what I am talking about. From a distance you can clearly see what the subject of a particular painting is, like a house in Camille Pissarro's "Peasants' Houses, Eragny". However from close up the image becomes distorted and abstract. This is caused by the use of dots of unblended color rather than conventional painting. I think I like this so much because it is a way of painting a subject while still leaving a lot of interpretation up to the viewer.This technique can be appreciated by zooming in on the paintings, examining the small paint blots, and then zooming out again to view the piece in a whole new way. Also I was drawn to the hazy pictures that this technique produces because they seemed to me somewhat mystical and enchanting. Viewers of this gallery can expect to see a lot of paintings about the beauty of both nature and civilization.

This painting is a great example of divisionism because the artist, Paul Signac, used dots of unblended color to create the scene of this busy port. I especially liked this painting because the diminutive size of the dots reveals the amount of time and effort that Signac put into the painting. I also like the colors used and the contrast between the top half of the painting and the bottom. It is clear that the sun is setting on this port but people are still hard at work. To me, this painting shows a change in times. The city is growing and people are forced to work longer hours. There is a beautiful sunset going on which means that it is getting late in the day and people are still laboring.
This painting is also a great example of divisionism. As the viewer can see through zoom that, although the water and rocks seem to be painted traditionally, the painting is in fact comprised of individual specks of paint. I liked this one for several reasons. one is that Monet was not a known supporter of divisionism: in fact at times he flat out opposed the technique. I also chose the painting because I loved the colors he used to paint the sea. Often the ocean is painted more blue-grey than blue-green and i really like this different interpretation of the water. Finally I especially like this painting because it reminds me of scenes from one of my favorite movies "The Count of Monte Cristo". I think the jagged rocks and brightly colored sea are meant to show how wild and mysterious nature can be. No matter how advanced mankind becomes, we will never be able to tame places such as this.
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