Party at the Picnic

    • My tribute to Georges-Pierre Seurat

      Party at the Picnic is a new painting and print in my series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I honor the work of the French post-impressionist painter Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859-1891). Party at the Picnic re-imagines his 1886 painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, a masterwork that took Seurat two years to complete.

      About the Visionaries series

      Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.

      In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.

    • The challenge with every painting in my Visionaries series is how to recreate the original artwork using methods that reflect the actual techniques used by the artists themselves. However with this work, Seurat’s techniques were a true bedevilment! Party at the Picnic is one of the most difficult paintings I’ve ever done.

      Allow me to explain. The original painting was created on a massive canvas with a short-bristled brush that Seurat used to stab the paint into dots on the canvas. The problem with my miniature of his work is that there are no tiny brushes with stiff, short stippling hairs. Rather, I have fine brushes with long bristles - forcing me to use ultra-small strokes to replicate the feel of the original. It was a laborious process - but the only one I could use that would yield authentic results. Quite tedious, but very rewarding!

      In my version, dainty cocktail parasols float around the taped postcard as if they were carried on the spring breeze. They add a touch of whimsy befitting a picnic at the park. Each one floats above the image, giving a windswept feeling to the piece. I fussed with the lighting for hours to get the shadows “just so”, just to create an visceral airborne effect,

      If you would like to see me in the studio working on Party at the Picnic, I invite you to check out my video on Instagram: Party at the Picnic on Instagram.

    • All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

      All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.

      Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.

      Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.

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