So Many Possibilities

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges  Seurat – 1844

Isn’t it incredible when an artwork takes on a life of its own?

The vision of one individual has been replicated time and time again as new people come across the work to breathe new life into it. Some interpretations are hilarious, others more reverent, but all have their place.

I’m partial to Lapine and Sondheim’s rich musical interpretation of the painting and the man behind its beauty. But, the fact that so many various portrayals of Seurat’s work even exists speaks volumes.

You have a favorite?

Images Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56, 7

33 thoughts on “So Many Possibilities

    AWESOME …….
    Cat x

  2. This is great. Lovely to see the various interpretations of the original. And I love the “feeling” just by looking at the people and characters relaxing and enjoying time out in the open by the water.

  3. I didn’t like this painting until I saw the original in Chicago. Its HUGE and wonderful. It really comes to life. When seen in small reproductions, it feels stiff, stuffy, and kind of lifeless. The painting really has so much movement in all the colors and texture.

  4. Great post. I saw the original Seurat so many times at the Art Institute of Chicago that it started to lose its freshness and appeal – until I saw these many alternate interpretations of it. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Reinterpretation is flattering but also a vivid reminder that we each see life through our own lens. Wonderful post. Love the comparisons.

  6. The musical gets my vote every time. I loved both the video and then finally got a chance to see it on stage with a great cast

  7. These are great. I love the idea of an audience singing a musician’s songs back at them. I loved the interview with Ray Davies where the audience were singing ‘Holllywood Boulevard’ as he walked onto the stage at the Edinburgh Festival. He stopped in his tracks and said it was the most beautiful thing he’d ever heard. Also saw clip of billy Bragg singing ‘Between the Wars’. The audience were leaning at him, singing the lines. He smiled and stepped back from the mike to leave them to it. Brilliant. The songs are no longer theirs. They are children who have left home and are making their way in the world.

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