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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

$4,426

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

Yayoi Kusama

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

$34,485

James Cochran a.k.a. Jimmy C, Le rêveur, Painting

James Cochran a.k.a. Jimmy C

Le rêveur, 2015
42.1 x 32.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,184

Kan, London, Print

Kan

London, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 inch
Print

$359

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

$19,541

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

$1,609

Ewa Adams, September Sun, Painting

Ewa Adams

September Sun, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$5,977

Jean-Pierre Poisson, Vanga, Painting

Jean-Pierre Poisson

Vanga, 2011
28.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,219

Victor Richardson, The Nesting Boxes , Print

Victor Richardson

The Nesting Boxes , 2014
20 x 32 inch
Print

$558

Douglas Stewart, Perfect Sail, Painting

Douglas Stewart

Perfect Sail, 2017
59.8 x 59.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$10,920

Jérôme Pourcel, Sans titre (Cécile), Painting

Jérôme Pourcel

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

$674

Yvonne Canu, Barques à Saint-Tropez, Painting

Yvonne Canu

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

$20,691

Peggy Cardoso, Le vent l'emportera, Painting

Peggy Cardoso

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

$4,253

Michael Strang, Gulval, Summer Bouquet, Painting

Michael Strang

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

$5,173

Olivier Lannaud, Pallas Athena, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Pallas Athena, 2018
50.4 x 33.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$4,023

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

JP Malot

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

$103

Aida Pascual, Arcadia XXXIX, Photography

Aida Pascual

Arcadia XXXIX, 2016
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$1,379

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #012, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

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

$747

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

$16,093

Dani Olivier, Sans titre, Photography

Dani Olivier

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,609

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

$16,093

Antoine Rose, Snow Pearls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Snow Pearls, 2016
52.4 x 52.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$13,219

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #011, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

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

$747

Jérémie Iordanoff, 563 - A point nommé, Painting

Jérémie Iordanoff

563 - A point nommé, 2010
8.7 x 12.4 inch
Painting

$230

Dani Olivier, Sans titre, Photography

Dani Olivier

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,954

Our recommendations Dani Olivier, Pointillée, Photography

Dani Olivier

Pointillée, 2015
47.2 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$6,437

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

$2,299

Georges R. Quinio, Coucher du Soleil, Painting

Georges R. Quinio

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

$2,299

Georges R. Quinio, Bouquet Printanier, Painting

Georges R. Quinio

Bouquet Printanier, 1995
18.1 x 21.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,299

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

$5,633

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

$10,345

Zalez, Point, Painting

Zalez

Point, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,414

Tenesh Webber, Mid Point 3, Photography

Tenesh Webber

Mid Point 3, 2015
11 x 11 inch
Photography

$2,657

Karina Bisch, Tableau Pointilliste (3), Painting

Karina Bisch

Tableau Pointilliste (3), 2018
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$12,185

Ewa Adams, Blue Mist, Painting

Ewa Adams

Blue Mist, 2016
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,922

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

$19,541

Patrick Braoudé, Femme et bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

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

$287

Marta Wakula, Nude XVII, Print

Marta Wakula

Nude XVII, 2017
6.5 x 6.5 inch
Print

$218

Laure Julien, Rouge cardinal 3, Print

Laure Julien

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

$345

Krayon, Frame Stopped, Painting

Krayon

Frame Stopped, 2010
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,379

Victor Richardson, The Waterman's House, Print

Victor Richardson

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

$558

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

Victor Richardson

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

$658

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °V, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

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

$3,448

C. Brenner, La femme nue dans le jardin à pois, Painting

C. Brenner

La femme nue dans le jardin à pois, 2015
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,897

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °IX, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

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

$1,149

Damian Tirado, Point de vue, Painting

Damian Tirado

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

$3,104

Michael Strang, The Wave, Painting

Michael Strang

The Wave, 2003
26 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,311

Peggy Cardoso, Précieuses ombellifères, Painting

Peggy Cardoso

Précieuses ombellifères, 2017
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,609

Maitree Siriboon, Family Dots, Photography

Maitree Siriboon

Family Dots, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,127

Jean-Pierre Poisson, Bunyoro, Painting

Jean-Pierre Poisson

Bunyoro, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,299

Yannick Rondelez, DNA Patchwork II, Photography

Yannick Rondelez

DNA Patchwork II, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,069

Liora, Newspapers 10, Painting

Liora

Newspapers 10, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 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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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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Ewa Adams, Afternoon Stroll, Painting

Ewa Adams

Afternoon Stroll, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 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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