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The Eiffel Tower. Paris

Painting, 1889, 24×15 cm

Description of the artwork «The Eiffel Tower. Paris»

If you think that Georges Seurat wrote here the main French landmark and the most visited tourist site, you are greatly mistaken. In 1889, the artist undertook to write the most controversial and scandalous engineering structure, erected in the middle of Paris just this year for the opening of the World Exhibition. It was the very structure that almost all famous writers and artists opposed, trying to convince the municipality that an act of vandalism was taking place in the middle of the city and this huge, ugly, completely useless factory pipe would distort the architecture of Paris and destroy the view from any window. Remember the textbook anecdote that Guy de Maupassant dined daily at a cafe on the first level of the tower. When asked why, he replied: "This is the only place in Paris from which it is not visible.".

The Eiffel Tower was built continuously by 300 workers for two years and two months. A surprising action took place before the eyes of Parisians: more than 18 thousand construction details were gradually delivered to the construction site, raised higher and higher on cranes and elevators, until the entire ten-ton construction rose above the world’s tallest structure. The construction process delighted the townspeople, the growing metal monster was terrified and delighted. It was planned that the tower will stand in the middle of the city for 20 years, and then it will be disassembled. But it turned out that it is convenient to use it to transmit a radio signal, and then a television signal, with its help you can intercept the radio signal and win the battle in the war. In short, the tower remained. Georges Seurat, of course, did not find anything of this; he died two years after its construction and two years after writing this picture.

But, of course, as an object conveying unshakable solidity, consistency and lasting power, he could not choose anything better. Unlike the Impressionists, who sought to grasp the momentary, transient moment of the tiny moment of life, neo-impressionistsand Seura, as the founder of the movement, strives to convey just this unchanging essence of things, those basic qualities that will not change from the time of year or solar lighting. There is no movement in their works - they are looking for the truth that will be clear and obvious day and night, this minute and one hundred years later.

Unlike those artists and writers who wrote terrible petitions to the city authorities of Paris, Seurat, by all appearances, does not feel horror and indignation at the sight of a metal monster who grew up in the middle of a beloved city. His paintings, of course, no one will let in for this tower, in the pavilions of the World Fair - there are completely recognized stars and pride of the country, and pointillism just a few years ago became a new thorn in all sensitive places of cabin academics. They hardly recognized Edouard Manet, they with horror deny themselves from the collection of the Impressionists, which he presented to the state as a gift Gustave Cybott. And here pointillism is a semi-scientific mosaic mixed with chemistry, physics, and devil knows what kind of optics, obviously not much in common with creativity and inspiration. Therefore, of course, Seurat will not be invited to the pavilions of the World Exhibition as a participant - he will remain on the other side of the tower and write a ten-ton metal hulk as many artists of the world will write it many years later, as all photographers of the world will photograph it, even onlookers-tourists. Elegant, perfect in form, unshakable and indispensable in the urban landscape of Paris, the best architectural wonder that could happen to this city.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Urban landscape

Style of art: Pointillism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Wood

Date of creation: 1889

Size: 24×15 cm

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