Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Carpe Diem #671, Sunday Afternoon

!! I publish this episode earlier, because I am in the nightshift !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a marvelous month we have ... we have seen wonderful paintings and they inspired us to write wonderful "impressions" ... haiku and tanka. And now we will go further on this discovery of impressionism and today we are looking at a painting by Georges Seurat (1859-1891), A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884). It is one of his most famous works.

In 1879 Georges Seurat enlisted as a soldier in the French army and was back home by 1880. Later, he ran a small painter’s studio in Paris, and in 1883 showed his work publicly for the first time. The following year, Seurat began to work on La Grand Jatte and exhibited the painting in the spring of 1886 with the Impressionists. With La Grande Jatte, Seurat was immediately acknowledged as the leader of a new and rebellious form of Impressionism called Neo-Impressionism. Seurat spent over two years painting A Sunday Afternoon, focusing meticulously on the landscape of the park. He reworked the original as well as completed numerous preliminary drawings and oil sketches. He sat in the park, creating numerous sketches of the various figures in order to perfect their form. He concentrated on the issues of color, light, and form. (Source: Wikipedia)
Georges Seurat - A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884 - Google Art Project.jpg
A Sunday Afternoon - Georges Seurat
This painting shows us a nice scene in which people are relaxing in the park. They enjoy the weather, the view, nature and each other. Seurat's painting is an awesome example of pointillism, a Neo-Impressionism technique. We can see human like figures, but there are no details ... these humans are impressions of humans.

sunday afternoon
a walk through the park with the one I love -
quality time

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong verse, but the painting brought nice memories back ... of the time my wife and I had just met (more than 25 yrs ago). So I just had to do something with those memories.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 21st at noon (CET). Our next episode will be done by Jen of Blog It Or Lose It. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your "impressions", your haiku with us all.


  1. The only one who looks completely relaxed is the man in the lower left hand corner. The ladies are beautiful and so proper. I'm very glad that myapparel when I spent days in parks was more comfortable.

  2. Your haiku sparked a very sweet memory of when I enjoyed the outdoors with my honey.

  3. Lovely prompt.