Posted: Jun 30 2014
by: David Westby

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The Allure of the Mystique

Riddle me this: What do Georges Seurat, Robert de Niro, and J.D. Salinger have in common?

Answer: A love of their privacy and solitude.

Unlike his post-impressionist contemporaries (Cézanne, Pissaro, and Van Gogh, for example),  Seurat was notoriously reserved about the private details of his life. So much so that no one found out about his mistress and his child until after his death. 

The concept of celebrity is not new; it goes back centuries. Those who are famous and in the public eye are deified, immortalized, canonized, and envied. We are curious about those who are famous; we pore over pictures of them in the supermarket, buying a cup of coffee, and spending time with their children.

But what of those celebrities that avoid the spotlight?

There’s a reason that the silent, mysterious type is so alluring. The less we know, the more we want to know. 

Georges Seurat put a lot of himself into his works, thus much is known about Georges Seurat the artist. We But really, what do we know of Georges Seurat the man? 

The truth is, we know next to nothing about Seurat as a person. His sole legacy to us is his art. 

Check out our rendition of Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.