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re:[teacherartexchange] La Grande Jatte ?


From: Diane Gregory (dianegregory2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 24 2007 - 20:06:36 PDT

Hi chris,

It is my understanding that this casually dressed
person is Seurat himself. :-)

Perhaps that is just speculation. What do others

--- chris massingill <>

> Okay, this might be a silly question, but i still
> have
> to ask it.
> I have a pointilism project that I do with my
> students
> and although I promise I was wide awake in Art
> History
> class (my professor was USA Today's professor of the
> year a few years back - no kidding - she was
> fantastic!) but my students have asked me a question
> that I can't answer.
> They want to know about the fellow in the foreground
> who is lounging on the grass smoking a pipe AND why
> his dress is so casual compared to the others in the
> park with their top hats and bustle dresses and
> parasols. (to my 5th graders it seems like he is in
> contemporary dress compared to everyone else - and
> so
> he really sticks out to them) Can anyone enlighten
> me
> as to why this character seems so out of place
> compared to the other inhabitants of this painting?
> Thanks in advance!!!
> Chris in Central Arkansas
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