This Neo Impressionist painting by the French artist Georges Seurat is of people in the 19th Century relaxing at La Grande Jatte, an island in the River Seine in Paris, France, on a sunny day. The ladies are wearing clothes fashionable at the time and all have pretty hats. Some are carrying parasols to shield them from the sun. Several folk are lying or sitting on the grass in the shadow of a large tree. One lady has a pet monkey on a leash. Dogs are enjoying the park as well as children with their parents. Several boats are on the water including a rowing team, small steam boats and yachts. The predominant colors are green, blue and orange in a pale hue.
“Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” is one of Seurat’s more famous paintings and is an example of Pointillism, a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.