Sunday, April 14, 2013

Georges Seurat in Port-en-Bessin.

Port-en-Bessin in Calvados is a lovely fishing village today, famous for its coquilles St. Jacques (scallops). During the Battle of Normandy in 1944 it was through here that petrol for the Allied troops was delivered.

In the 19th Century it was a favourite destination for Georges Seurat (wiki), the impressionist painter who invented pointillism. He made dozens of sketches of the harbour and the surrounding cliffs. A tresle with a study by Seurat stands near the Round Tower of Port-en-Bessin.

Update (23 February 2017): The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York is currently holding a Seurat Circus Sideshow (en exhibition devoted to Seurat). The Web resource Artsy, dedicated to making works of art accessible to anyone with an internet connection,  has a page on Seurat and invited The Normandy Photo Journal to share and publicise it. Thanks, Artsy!

See Seurat's famous 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' on my 'Reading Art' blog here.


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