Georges-Pierre Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte —1884 is a warm portrait of a sunny day in a park next to a river. Citizens wear fine clothes. Women carry parasols.  Others stand on the shore fishing while watermen practice their rowing. Children run and play. Dogs are on leash and off leash. Everyone seems content and happy.  The paining took two years to complete, most likely because of it’s technique: Pointillism. It is a large painting, measuring about 7 feet by 10 feet.  It currently hangs in the Chicago Art Institute.

“Some of the characters are doing curious things. The lady on the right hand side has a monkey on a leash. A lady on the left near the river bank is fishing. The area was known at the time as being a place to procure prostitutes among the bourgeoisie, a likely allusion of the otherwise odd “fishing” rod. In the painting’s center stands a little girl dressed in white (who is not in a shadow), who stares directly at the viewer of the painting. This may be interpreted as someone who is silently questioning the audience, “what will become of these people, and their class?” Seurat paints their prospects bleakly, cloaked as they are in shadow and suspicion of sin.[8]” — Wikipedia

During that era one might have seen people reading books or newspapers, but though, “Today everyone would be on their cellphones.”‘s photoshop guy helped us our to make our imagination become a reality.

A Sunday de Téléphones Portables
A Sunday de Téléphones Portables

Here is the original for comparison: