Thursday, May 24, 2012

News: Rotherham selects masterpiece for Gallery Town


A masterpiece by French Post-Impressionist painter, Georges Seurat, will be the stand out piece in the new collection at Rotherham’s open air gallery.

Visitors and residents were asked to choose which one of five world renowned artwork pieces they would like to see feature most prominently in the next phase of the Gallery Town project.

Ballot boxes were located within a number of town centre businesses, with customers at Peter Bird Hairdressers, the Central Snooker Club and Pantry Green submitting almost all of the ballot papers available.

Bathers at Asnières, a large scale oil-on-canvas painting showing a group of young workmen relaxing on the River Seine, came out on top and will be displayed in the largest, most prominent location in the town centre.

The spring / summer 2012 Gallery Town art trail is due to be officially launched in June on the seasonal themes of holidays, travel and water. The ballot included artwork by famous painters including Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Jan Van Eyck and Georges Seurat.

Dating from 1884, the winning piece was painted whilst Seurat was 24. He used different techniques to create the heat and haze of a summer's day and made bridges and factories somehow compliment the relaxing scene.

This was the first of Seurat's large-scale compositions and shows him starting to develop his pointillist technique - using countless tiny dots of pure colour, placed in close proximity to each other that relies on a trick of the eye to create a brighter picture, much like modern televisions and computer monitors use pixels.

The original can be seen at The National Gallery in London and despite being rejected by the Paris Salon in 1884, it is now considered one of the best on display in their vast collection.

Nick Cragg, local entrepreneur and member of the Rotherham LSP Board who are leading the project, said: "I'm looking forward to seeing the Seurat take pride of place in Rotherham town centre. The whole collection is being refreshed, much like in a traditional art gallery, and we expect to see increasing numbers of visitors enjoying the art on display.

"Many thanks to everyone who voted and to the town centre businesses who hosted ballot boxes. It is pleasing to see more and more people getting involved in this unique project."

Large-scale reproductions of the masterpieces from The National Gallery will be displayed alongside work by Rotherham students and local artists.

New artwork will appear in the town centre over the coming months and tour guides will be available pointing out the location and details of the art, from the obvious, to those hidden away waiting to be discovered.

Gallery Town website

Images: Wikipedia. It is a faithful photographic reproduction of an original two-dimensional work of art and is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.


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