White Houses, Ville d'Avray (Maisons Blanches, Ville D'Avray) by Georges Seurat

In this painting, Seurat focuses on a group of three houses behind a wall which are framed to either side with foliage.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
33 x 46 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £13,500)
Acquired in:
1962
Vendor:
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty

The foreground is divided into two rectangular bands, one yellow and the other green, coaxing a hidden geometry out of the entire scene. The façades of the buildings add further stark simplicity to the design as they have been flattened to make them more cubic. The blue band of the sky at the top of the picture echoes the rhythms of the foreground and wall, enhancing the harmony of the composition. His instinctual classicism is immediately apparent in this landscape, clearly done directly from nature.

Provenance

Henry Lebasque; Eugene Garlot; E. Bignou; Alex. Reid & Lefevre; Mrs Chester Beatty; Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Lent to the National Gallery since 1955.

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

Entry details

Free to all

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