Models (Poseuses)

by Georges Seurat

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Models (Poseuses) by Georges Seurat at the Barnes Foundation.

Credit: The Barnes Foundation

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While the subject matter — nude models in a studio — is traditional, the pointillist technique Seurat developed to paint Models was, at the time, revolutionary. Seurat first used tiny dots of pure color to compose an image when he painted Sunday in the Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which can be seen hanging on the wall in this painting-within-a-painting. Models is considered among the most influential works of modern painting.