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Georges-Pierre Seurat was born on December 2, 1859, in Paris, France. He was the youngest of three children in the family. His father was a wealthy lawyer, Chrysostome-Antoine Seurat, and his mother named Ernestine Faivre, she came from a prosperous Parisian family. During the early 1870s, Seurat was taking private drawing lessons from painter and uncle Paul Haumonte. His uncle took him on regular art expeditions. From 1875, he studied drawing under the sculptor Justin Lequien. From 1878-1879 Seurat studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His teacher Henri Lehmann, was a follower of the great neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The training Seurat received was impressionable for his meticulous working procedure, which he developed in his mature works. Seurat served at Brest Military Academy for one year, he returned to Paris and continued his art studies. During the year of 1883, Seurat was working on his first large painting , “Bathers at Asnieres”, which was rejected by the official Salon. However, the painting was exhibited by the Societe des Artistes Independants, which was organized as a second, “Salon des Refuses” (Salon of Refugees). At their first show in 1884, Seurat's “Bathers at Asnieres”, was exhibited along with the works by Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Signac. That was the beginning of Seurat's friendship with Signac, who connected him to the avant-garde group, “Les Vingdt” in Brussels. In 1887, Seurat exhibited seven of his works there. His collaboration with Signac led to the foundation and development of Neo-Impressionism, the artistic movement can also be known as Pointillism or Divisionism. Seurat himself preferred the term Divisionism. Seurat was a shy man, who lived a modest lifestyle. Through his life he remained abstinent from alcohol, or any substances and stayed totally devoted to his art. He was also known to be quiet and at times...
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