Did French Painters Invent the Pixel?
November 8th, 2015 | Rachel Tepper, Operations Manager
An Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) George Seurat
Every time you look at a computer screen or digitally printed image, your brain is merging tiny pixels or dots of color together to form a solid image. It’s the modern usage of a theory developed in the 1880s by two French painters, George Seurat and Paul Signac. Instead of using brushstrokes, they used tiny points of paint to create expressive images. People of the day poked fun at this unusual style and called it pointillism. However, knowing how much we rely on an advanced form of pointillism today, we think George and Paul are having the last laugh.