Seurat's The Bathers makes for a challenging jigsaw. It highlights one of The National Gallery's most popular paintings and what a wonderful way to experience Seurat's brilliant artistry!
Asnières is an industrial suburb north-west of Paris on the River Seine. The work shows a group of young workmen taking their leisure by the river. This was the first of Seurat's large-scale compositions. He drew contè crayon studies for individual figures using live models, and made small oil sketches on site which he used to help design the composition and record effects of light and atmosphere. Some 14 oil sketches and 10 drawings survive. The final composition, painted in the studio, combines information from both. While the painting was not executed using Seurat's pointillist technique, which he had not yet invented, the artist later reworked areas of this picture using dots of contrasting colour to create a vibrant, luminous effect. For example, dots of orange and blue were added to the boy's hat. The simplicity of the forms and the use of regular shapes clearly defined by light recall paintings by the Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca. Includes in-box A4 colour leaflet showing puzzle image for reference and information about the image.
This is one of a series of Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles based on imagery from The National Gallery.
Dimensions: 70 x 50cm
Number of Pieces: 1000
Product Code: 19594