When walking along the seawall in Lincoln park on Sunday, this painting came to mind. It hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, and to be truthful it is the only painting that I remember from my visits there. What I do remember is standing in front of it in awe. It’s large, 6 feet 10 inches by 10 feet 1 inch, and it’s an excellent example of pointillism which Seurat used in this painting that took him over two years to complete, and is considered by many his best work. Pointillism is the use of contrasted miniature dots of colors that, through optical unification, form a single hue in the viewer’s eye. Seurat believed that this form would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than standard brush stokes. To make the painting even more vivid he surrounded it with a frame of painted dots. I believe it’s one of those paintings you really do have to see in person to fully appreciate it. With this painting in mind I took photos of people enjoying their Sunday on the ocean’s edge.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat
match the beat of the universe, to
match your nature with Nature.