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Lambert's Picnic Race

Finding Similarities Around the World

The Tirranna Picnic Race Meeting

Untitled (The Tirranna Picnic Race Meeting) George Lambert, large version in black and white.

Art Renwal Center Several of Lambert's paintings available here, but mostly portraits. Of the three outdoor scenes, I chose the sheep shearing scene to indicate Lambert's interest in the middle and working classes. Portraiture paid better. But you still find these outdoor scenes. Lamberts' style was wholly different from Seurat's pointillism. He was a realist, which perhaps shows best in another of his outdoor scenes:

Look at the difference in the sky. Lambert's strokes are completely different from the technique that Seurat was using.

And then look at one of Suerat's skies:

View of Fort Samson, Grandcamp 1885 (130 Kb); Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 32 in; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg; Formerly Collection of Bernhard Koehler, Berlin Web. Museum

Notice the tremendous difference in feeling the two painting techniques achieve with the sky.

Compare to Seurat: "La Grande Jatte," at the Art Institute of Chicago.

WebMuseum, Paris Sunday Afternoon on theIsland of the Grande Jatte

  • What Seurat Left Out of "La Grande Jatte" By Amanda Paulson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor. Backup. This is a really nice article that explains some of the social significance of Seurat's message.

    "PRE-JATTE: Seurat painted numerous studies, including 'Rose-Colored Skirt' (shown), which shows a man and woman in an uncertain relationship. In the final version, Seurat omitted the man but added a child in white, inserting a note of innocence among the adults in 'La Grande Jatte.' "

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