Ruben and Roxi, Dots, 2009

Inspired by Georges Seurat, The Young Woman Powdering Herself, 1888-90.

Seurat uses a luminous mix of colours to portray the image of his mistress Madeline Knobloch, and is one of the very few images to reveal anything of his personal life. The painting uses the pointillist style, which Seurat invented with his fellow neo-impressionists. Seurat expressed through one of his letters that he found luminous hues to be gay, where as the dark dull hues he saw as sad. The pointillist technique is a precise method of painting in which the hues are not mixed on the canvas but rather by the eyes. Seurat developed this technique having read the recent colour theory of Scientific Aesthetics by the academic Charles Henry of how hues worked best together on the canvas. We used this inspiration to animate the techniques of pointillism.

Inspired by:

Georges Seurat, Young Woman Powdering Herself, 1888-90

Georges Seurat, Young Woman Powdering Herself, 1888-90

This painting is a striking demonstration of Seurat’s pointillist technique. The modulation of light and shadow on the wall is achieved with the use of small dots of pure colour juxtaposed in varying concentrations and intensity. The young model depicted by Seurat was his mistress, Madeleine Knobloch, who bore him two sons. This painting thus takes on a very personal meaning.