Georges Seurat was a French painter perhaps best known for creating the masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, a pastoral scene featuring Parisians enjoying a park. Instead of mixing colors on a pallet and then applying them to the canvas, Seurat used a technique he helped originate called pointillism, in which distinct dotlike strokes of color that blend into an image when viewed from a distance.
His innovative style gave rise to the avant-garde art movement neo-impressionism and would forever change the art world. To honor his influence, Google is dedicating an animated Doodle to Seurat on his 162nd birthday. The Doodle showcases the pointillism technique, showing the Google logo gradually transformed into Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
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Georges Pierre Seurat was born in Paris on Dec. 2, 1859, and began art lessons as a…