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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

Take the closest of looks at Seurat's pointillist masterpiece, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. With Cathy FitzGerald.

Cathy FitzGerald invites you to discover new details in old masterpieces, using your phone, tablet or computer.

Each thirty-minute episode of Moving Pictures is devoted to a single artwork - and you're invited to look as well as listen, by following a link (below) to a high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture. Zoom in and you can see the pores of the canvas, the sweep of individual brushstrokes, the shimmer of pointillist dots.

The new series starts with a closer look at a pointillist masterpiece - George Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (The Art Institute of Chicago). Painted in the 1880s, it depicts a group of day-tripping Parisians enjoying the sunshine by the river Seine. Each is a character in search of a story - the boater smoking his pipe, the shop-girl with her novels, the elderly invalid, shivering despite the sun, and the soldiers, standing to attention.

Cathy takes a wander in the park and hears how Seurat created his shimmering, glimmering, light-filled work.

Interviewees: Gloria Groom, Leah Kharibian, Colin Jones, Colin Wiggins.

Producer and Presenter: Cathy FitzGerald
A White Stiletto production for BBC Radio 4

Georges-Pierre Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884–86). The Art Institute of Chicago.

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28 minutes

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Explore the high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture

Explore the high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture

From the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Kimono – Explore the high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture

From the collection of The Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Adoration of the Kings – Explore the high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture

The Adoration of the Kings – Explore the high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture

From the collection of the National Gallery, London.

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte – Explore the high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte – Explore the high-resolution image made by Google Arts & Culture

From the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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