Seurat on Main Street Randolph

Wouldn’t a community picnic be just wonderful about now? Kimball Library trustee Sally Penrod has come up with the next best thing – a community recreation of Georges Seurat’s famous painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” The painting is indeed of a community picnic in the park on the Island of La Grande Jatte in France! Georges Seurat, one of the foremost painters of one of the greatest periods in the history of art, lived from 1859-1891. Not only is this the best-known of his work, it is considered the most famous picture of the 1880s. It consists entirely of small dots to portray light through contrasting colors, a technique Seurat called “chromo-luminarism.”

A poster of the original painting is hanging in the old Belmain’s window at 15 N. Main Street in Randolph. Beside it is a grid drawn on the glass, much larger, where recreated squares will be posted. Community members have been invited to enlarge and recreate a portion of the original painting in whatever medium they desire. As squares are completed and returned to the Library, they are put up in the appropriate place on the large grid in the window. When the entire project is complete, there will be a 6’ x 4’ replication of this famous painting right on Main Street!

Finished squares are due back to Kimball Library no later than Monday, October 26th. However, the Library asks participants to return them as soon as they are finished; completed squares will be hung in the window, as they are submitted, slowly rebuilding the new, bigger painting.

Many thanks to the Winslow family for the use of Belmain’s windows!