Seurat’s large-scale work (originally 7'x10' ft.), A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886), sparked the Neo-Impressionist movement, the first true avant garde modern art movement. It altered the direction of modern art and is one of the icons of late 19th-century painting.
Georges-Pierre Seurat was a French post-Impressionist artist. He is best known for devising the painting techniques known as chromoluminarism as well as pointillism, informally known stippling art or dot art. Since its inception, Pointillism has influenced many artists working across a diverse range of mediums, and today we see traces of it in modern art, fashion, and tattoos.
Seurat's artistic personality was compounded of qualities which are usually supposed to be opposed and incompatible: on the one hand, his extreme and delicate sensibility, on the other, a passion for logical abstraction and an almost mathematical precision of mind. Seurat and, fellow pointillism pioneer, Signac looked to science for inspiration, and discovered how to trick the eye into seeing more in a painting than the sum of its parts: an arrangement of colored dots.