ABOUT THE PAINTING When Georges Seurat began work on his first large-scale painting, Bathers at Asnieres (Une Baignade, Asnieres) he was just 24 years old.
Bathers at Asnieres, measuring 7 feet high and 11 feet wide, depicts a group of young male workers taking a break along the Seine River.
(To see a selection of Seurat's studies for Bathers at Asnieres, go to www.nationalgallery.org.uk.) After Seurat had developed his Pointillist technique, he returned to Bathers and added details of small dots to select areas of the composition, such as the orange and blue dots on the boy's hat.
Seurat was a quiet, analytical and secretive man; Degas referred to him as "the notary." While working on Bathers at Asnieres, he traveled to the west of Paris to the small town along the Seine River to make studies that would be instrumental in designing the final painting.
Next, show students the art print, Bathers at Asnieres and share the title of the work.
Asnieres was a popular resort town west of Paris during Seurat's lifetime.