Georges Seurat

seurat1December 2, 1859 – March 29, 1891

The father of the post-impressionist movement known as “pointilism”, Georges-Pierre Seurat is one of the most recognizable French impressionist painters. His masterworks like A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886) and Bathers at Asnières (1883) stand as monuments to the late 19th century French collection as much as any Monet or Cézanne piece. His direct impact on the world of art was confined to a mere 31 years. Seurat died at that age of undisclosed causes in Paris. His legacy lives well beyond his brief life, though. His artwork is central to post-impressionist collections around the world. His influence still can be seen today. Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim wrote a musical based on La Grand Jatte and Seurat’s obsession with creating it. Not bad for a guy who only spent roughly 15 years creating some of the world’s most important art.


Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, FRANCE


Specific Location

Division 66; On the south side of Avenue des Peupliers just northwest of its intersection with Chemin d’Ornano; the small Seurat family mausoleum is right behind a tree.



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