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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

$4,343

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

$1,579

Neeharika Donau Hossain, Baumwärts, Painting

Neeharika Donau Hossain

Baumwärts, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,102

Ewa Adams, Blue Mist, Painting

Ewa Adams

Blue Mist, 2016
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,967

Jérôme Pourcel, Sans titre (Cécile), Painting

Jérôme Pourcel

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

$661

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

$19,176

Michael Strang, Gulval, Summer Bouquet, Painting

Michael Strang

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

$5,076

Peggy Cardoso, Le vent l'emportera, Painting

Peggy Cardoso

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

$4,174

Jean-Pierre Poisson, Vanga, Painting

Jean-Pierre Poisson

Vanga, 2011
28.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,158

Jane Meyler, Wild Pink Roses, Painting

Jane Meyler

Wild Pink Roses, 2015
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,579

Olivier Lannaud, Pallas Athena, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Pallas Athena, 2018
50.4 x 33.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,948

Yvonne Canu, Barques à Saint-Tropez, Painting

Yvonne Canu

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

$20,304

Antoine Rose, Snow Pearls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Snow Pearls, 2016
52.4 x 52.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$12,972

Antoine Rose, 24029 (NYC Marathon), Photography

Antoine Rose

24029 (NYC Marathon), 2015
43.3 x 98.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$18,612

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

$15,792

Our recommendations Dani Olivier, Pointillée, Photography

Dani Olivier

Pointillée, 2015
47.2 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$6,317

Dani Olivier, Sans titre, Photography

Dani Olivier

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,579

Dani Olivier, Sans titre, Photography

Dani Olivier

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,918

Jérémie Iordanoff, 563 - A point nommé, Painting

Jérémie Iordanoff

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

$226

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #011, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

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

$733

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

$2,256

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, M-Flurobenzylamine, Print

Damien Hirst

M-Flurobenzylamine, 2018
34 x 45 x 2 inch
Print

$30,000

Georges R. Quinio, Coucher du Soleil, Painting

Georges R. Quinio

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

$2,256

Georges R. Quinio, Bouquet Printanier, Painting

Georges R. Quinio

Bouquet Printanier, 1995
18.1 x 21.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,256

Kan, London, Print

Kan

London, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 inch
Print

$364

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #012, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

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

$733

Krayon, Frame Stopped, Painting

Krayon

Frame Stopped, 2010
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,354

Aida Pascual, Arcadia XXXIX, Photography

Aida Pascual

Arcadia XXXIX, 2016
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$1,354

Zalez, Point, Painting

Zalez

Point, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,369

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

$10,152

Patrick Braoudé, Femme et bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

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

$282

Karina Bisch, Tableau Pointilliste (3), Painting

Karina Bisch

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

$11,957

Shin Seung-Hun, Fantasy Jejuisland - island girl story, Painting

Shin Seung-Hun

Fantasy Jejuisland - island girl story, 2016
46.1 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,286

Marta Wakula, Nude XVII, Print

Marta Wakula

Nude XVII, 2017
6.5 x 6.5 inch
Print

$214

Victor Richardson, The Nesting Boxes , Print

Victor Richardson

The Nesting Boxes , 2014
20 x 32 inch
Print

$566

Victor Richardson, The Waterman's House, Print

Victor Richardson

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

$566

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

Victor Richardson

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

$668

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

$19,176

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °VII, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

Sleeping Beauty °VII, 2015
53.1 x 37.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,384

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °IX, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

Sleeping Beauty °IX, 2015
53.1 x 37.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,384

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °V, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

Sleeping Beauty °V, 2017
17.7 x 27.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,128

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier, Sleeping Beauty °IX, Painting

Skoya Assemat-Tessandier

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

$1,128

Laure Julien, Rouge cardinal 3, Print

Laure Julien

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

$338

Hiroki Yoshitake, PAYSAGE, Painting

Hiroki Yoshitake

PAYSAGE, 2018
21.3 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,610

Michael Strang, The Wave, Painting

Michael Strang

The Wave, 2003
26 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,230

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

$6,768

Damian Tirado, Point de vue, Painting

Damian Tirado

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

$3,046

Ewa Adams, September Sun, Painting

Ewa Adams

September Sun, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$6,069

Maitree Siriboon, Family Dots, Photography

Maitree Siriboon

Family Dots, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,087

Peggy Cardoso, Précieuses ombellifères, Painting

Peggy Cardoso

Précieuses ombellifères, 2017
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,579

Hiroki Yoshitake, ROUGE CARMIN, Painting

Hiroki Yoshitake

ROUGE CARMIN, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,128

Yannick Rondelez, DNA Patchwork II, Photography

Yannick Rondelez

DNA Patchwork II, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,030

Jean-Pierre Poisson, Bunyoro, Painting

Jean-Pierre Poisson

Bunyoro, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,256

Douglas Stewart, Perfect Sail, Painting

Douglas Stewart

Perfect Sail, 2017
59.8 x 59.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$11,844

Gottfried Salzmann, Tokyo, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

Tokyo, 2013
24 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

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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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