BORN 2 Dec 1859, Paris: 60 Rue de bondy (now: Rue René Boulanger) - DIED 29 Mar 1891, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 66, ligne 01, AA, 7)
Georges-Pierre Seurat was the son of Antoine Chrysostome Seurat, a legal official who had become rich by property speculating. He studied at the École Municipale de Sculpture et Dessin. In 1878 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts where Henri Lehmann was his teacher. In 1879 he left for a year of military service in Brest. After his return in Paris he shared a studio with Aman-Jean. In 1883 he first exhibited a painting at the Salon. In the same year he created "Bathers at Asnières" that was rejected by the Salon but shown at the Groupe des Artistes Indépendants in 1884. Also in 1884 he started working on his painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884-1886).
Together with other painters he started the Société des Artistes Indépendants. In 1889 his model Madeleine Knobloch moved in with him. He kept their relationship a secret for the world outside. In 1890 they had a son, Pierre-Georges. In 1890 he spent the summer painting at Gravelines in Northern France. In 1891 he died at the home of his parents, probably from a from meningitis. His son died two weeks later. His painting "The Circus" was unfinished at the time of his death.
At the time of his death Madeleine was pregnant with their second child. It died soon after it was born. Madeleine died in 1903 of cirrhosis of the liver.
Georges Seurat - Wikipedia