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Deconstructing Seurat (turquoise green) 2 by Michael Craig-Martin

Deconstructing Seurat (turquoise green) 2 by Michael Craig-Martin 
Accession Code:wu0850
Title
:Deconstructing Seurat (turquoise green) 2 by
Date completed
:
Classification
:Print
Medium
:Screenprint
Height
(mm):
630mm
Width (mm):935mm
Depth (mm):
Inscription:
Location Name: Social Sciences Building
Location Description: Faculty of Social Sciences
Location Floor: 1

 

This pair of screenprints forms a diptych, showing side by side the two fundamental structural elements of Seurat's painting 'Bathers at Asnières' (1884) in the National Gallery, London. Using digital technology, Craig-Martin has separated the background - the river, riverbank and distant landscape - from the group of figures who occupy it. He also transposed the colours into his own characteristically bright palette without any tonal values. In this way he seeks to offer the viewer a new way of seeing and experiencing a familiar image, which is a regular theme in his paintings, sculptures and wall drawings.

Other version of this work were published with different colour schemes; the artist also made two pairs of screen prints 'deconstructing' one of his favourite historic paintings 'The Flagellation' by Piero della Francesca.