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Inspired by Pointillism

Pointillism is a pictorial technique that gave birth to its artistic movement in painting. The method consisted of juxtaposing small dots or square of vibrant colours, rather than mixing colour pigments on a palette. Portraits, landscapes, and everyday life scenes would then come to life under the artist's multiple tiny brushstrokes. Though the technique existed since the 16th century, it is the French painter Georges Seurat who officialised it as a movement in the late nineteenth century.

Art critics first employed the term "pointillism" as a pejorative designation for this new pictorial method. The late 19th-century art world was characterised by conflicts between Academic Art and Impressionist artists, as the latter was trying to defy the established rules. The Ecole des Beaux Arts rejected the works of the pointillist painters, who were not responding to the precepts of the Academy. The pointillist painter Paul Signac then replaced the derogatory term of pointillism by theorising the technique under the name of “divisionism." Paul Signac's divisionism followed the guidelines of meticulous colour theory. The theory was based on the association of complementary colours to create light, contrast, and harmony. Artists resorted to the "chromatic circle" system and optical phenomena to depict sceneries, mixing blue with orange, red with green, yellow with purple... They performed the work of a magician, tricking the viewer's naked eye that the small dots were unified flat tints from a distance.

Georges Seurat's monumental canvas “A Sunday afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" was one of the first recognised pointillist painting. The painting was exhibited in 1886 at the final Impressionist exhibition and differentiated itself from Impressionist art. Artists such as Seurat, Paul Signac, Lucien and Camille Pissarro were fervent supporters of the practice, and created the “Society of Independent Artists." Influential art critics started rallying to the pointillist's cause. Felix Feneon was particularly important in spreading the movement to the general public. It was him who coined the term “neo-impressionism" for the first time in 1886, and wrote the pointillist's Manifesto titled From Eugene Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism. Neo-Impressionist painters operated a scientific systematisation of Impressionism and were against the flow of the contemporary movement of symbolism.

Pointillism remained a significant source of inspiration in Modern Art, and several Post-Impressionist masters drew inspiration from the pointillist movement, like Henri Matisse or Vincent Van Gogh. Today, contemporary artist such as Skoya Assemat-Tessandier are retaking the principles of this artistic practice to produces canvases of pointillist backgrounds, revealing elegant silhouettes. In this selection of paintings, drawings, and watercolours you'll discover artworks inspired by the soothing practice of pointillism.

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Gottfried Salzmann, Paris Panthéon, Photography

Gottfried Salzmann

Paris Panthéon, 2006
15 x 20.1 inch
Photography

$4,495

Yayoi Kusama, L’orange (Pumpkin YOR-A), Print

Yayoi Kusama

L’orange (Pumpkin YOR-A), 2004
9.4 x 11.2 inch
Print

$35,027

Phil Van Badmeat, Van Gogh tribute Starry night over the Rhône, Painting

Phil Van Badmeat

Van Gogh tribute Starry night over the Rhône, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$19,848

Patrick Braoudé, La petite danseuse les pieds dans l'eau, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

La petite danseuse les pieds dans l'eau, 2016
19.3 x 19.3 inch
Photography

$1,635

Janusz Przybylski, Erotic, Print

Janusz Przybylski

Erotic, 1986
13 x 10.6 inch
Print

$642

Jérôme Pourcel, Sans titre (Cécile), Painting

Jérôme Pourcel

Sans titre (Cécile), 2010
3.5 x 3.3 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$684

Douglas Stewart, Perfect Sail, Painting

Douglas Stewart

Perfect Sail, 2017
59.8 x 59.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$11,092

Michael Strang, Gulval, Summer Bouquet, Painting

Michael Strang

Gulval, Summer Bouquet, 1990
29.5 x 24.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,254

Victor Richardson, The Nesting Boxes , Print

Victor Richardson

The Nesting Boxes , 2014
20 x 32 inch
Print

$557

Ewa Adams, Blue Mist, Painting

Ewa Adams

Blue Mist, 2016
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,917

Olivier Lannaud, Pallas Athena, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Pallas Athena, 2018
50.4 x 33.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$4,086

Yvonne Canu, Barques à Saint-Tropez, Painting

Yvonne Canu

Barques à Saint-Tropez, 2000
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$21,016

Antoine Rose, Snow Pearls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Snow Pearls, 2016
52.4 x 52.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$13,427

Antoine Rose, Matrix One (up in the air | Sweden), Photography

Antoine Rose

Matrix One (up in the air | Sweden), 2017
52.4 x 69.3 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$16,346

Antoine Rose, Migration - Study 1 (up in the air | Sweden), Photography

Antoine Rose

Migration - Study 1 (up in the air | Sweden), 2017
52.4 x 69.3 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$16,346

JP Malot, Dot, dot, dot... ... ... 3/10, Drawing

JP Malot

Dot, dot, dot... ... ... 3/10, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Drawing

$105

James Cochran a.k.a. Jimmy C, Promenade 2, Painting

James Cochran a.k.a. Jimmy C

Promenade 2, 2015
48 x 36.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,553

Georges R. Quinio, Coucher du Soleil, Painting

Georges R. Quinio

Coucher du Soleil, 1994
18.1 x 21.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,335

Kan, London, Print

Kan

London, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 inch
Print

$358

Georges R. Quinio, Le Pêcheur sur la Rivière, Painting

Georges R. Quinio

Le Pêcheur sur la Rivière, 1997
21.7 x 18.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,335

Georges R. Quinio, Bouquet Printanier, Painting

Georges R. Quinio

Bouquet Printanier, 1995
18.1 x 21.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,335

Zalez, Point, Painting

Zalez

Point, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,452

Our recommendations Dani Olivier, Pointillée, Photography

Dani Olivier

Pointillée, 2015
47.2 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$6,538

Aida Pascual, Arcadia XXXIX, Photography

Aida Pascual

Arcadia XXXIX, 2016
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$1,401

Dani Olivier, Sans titre, Photography

Dani Olivier

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,985

Dani Olivier, Sans titre, Photography

Dani Olivier

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,635

Yayoi Kusama, La bleue (Pumpkin BB-C), Print

Yayoi Kusama

La bleue (Pumpkin BB-C), 2004
9.4 x 11.2 inch
Print

$35,027

Patrice Palacio, Point Plan Trait n°18, Painting

Patrice Palacio

Point Plan Trait n°18, 2017
59.1 x 47.2 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$10,508

Tenesh Webber, Mid Point 3, Photography

Tenesh Webber

Mid Point 3, 2015
11 x 11 inch
Photography

$2,652

Krayon, Frame Stopped, Painting

Krayon

Frame Stopped, 2010
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,401

Holly Miller, Blue water dots, Painting

Holly Miller

Blue water dots, 2005
9 x 12 inch
Painting

$530

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #011, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #011, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$759

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #012, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #012, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$759

Serge Honthaas, Peinture impressionniste, Photography

Serge Honthaas

Peinture impressionniste, 2012
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$817

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °IX, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

Sleeping Beauty °IX, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,168

Phil Van Badmeat, Van Gogh tribute Starry night over the Rhône, Painting

Phil Van Badmeat

Van Gogh tribute Starry night over the Rhône, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$19,848

Damian Tirado, Point de vue, Painting

Damian Tirado

Point de vue, 2014
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$3,152

Laure Julien, Rouge cardinal 3, Print

Laure Julien

Rouge cardinal 3, 2017
7.7 x 11.6 x 0 inch
Print

$350

Patrick Braoudé, Femme et bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

Femme et bord de mer, 2017
5.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$292

Peggy Cardoso, Le vent l'emportera, Painting

Peggy Cardoso

Le vent l'emportera, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,320

Peggy Cardoso, Précieuses ombellifères, Painting

Peggy Cardoso

Précieuses ombellifères, 2017
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,635

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °V, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

Sleeping Beauty °V, 2014
35.4 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,503

Michael Strang, The Wave, Painting

Michael Strang

The Wave, 2003
26 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,378

Victor Richardson, The Waterman's House, Print

Victor Richardson

The Waterman's House, 2014
23 x 36 inch
Print

$557

Victor Richardson, Into the light, Grand Canal, Dublin, Print

Victor Richardson

Into the light, Grand Canal, Dublin, 2014
25 x 32 inch
Print

$656

Jean-Pierre Poisson, Vanga, Painting

Jean-Pierre Poisson

Vanga, 2011
28.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,269

Ewa Adams, September Sun, Painting

Ewa Adams

September Sun, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$5,966

Jean-Pierre Poisson, Bunyoro, Painting

Jean-Pierre Poisson

Bunyoro, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,335

Liora, Newspapers 10, Painting

Liora

Newspapers 10, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Liora, Love Time, Painting

Liora

Love Time, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Gottfried Salzmann, Tokyo, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

Tokyo, 2013
24 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

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Nash, Sens 8, Painting

Nash

Sens 8, 2008
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

Sold out

Nash, Mer 2, Painting

Nash

Mer 2, 2017
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.6 inch
Painting

Sold out

Nash, Mer 3, Painting

Nash

Mer 3, 2017
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.6 inch
Painting

Sold out

Kan, Panama Pin Up, Drawing

Kan

Panama Pin Up, 2016
51.2 x 35 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

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Krayon, Universal kiss W/D, Painting

Krayon

Universal kiss W/D, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Painting

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Julia Whitehead, Body of Colour, Painting

Julia Whitehead

Body of Colour, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

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Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °I, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

Sleeping Beauty °I, 2014
35.4 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °VIII, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

Sleeping Beauty °VIII, 2015
21.7 x 27.6 x 1 inch
Painting

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Ewa Adams, Afternoon Stroll, Painting

Ewa Adams

Afternoon Stroll, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold out

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