The specs are not back yet. Georges Seurat was perhaps responsible for inventing, and certainly a principal practitioner of, Pointillism – painting using dots of colour. My favourite overheard gallery conversation was between a middle aged waspy American man and wife, she a keen art lover, him being dragged around.
Woman (peering at artwork): This is Seurat, George. Pointillism.
Man: Pointilism? What in hell is that, Maude?
Woman: Little dots, George. It’s all made up of little dots. It’s really quite fascinating.
Man (lifting varifocals as Maude moves on): I just don’t see it, Maude; I just don’t see it.
No wonder George was struggling: they were looking at a pencil sketch, which was by Seurat, but which was not made up of little dots. Still Maude had heard that dots was what Seurat did, so the drawing must have been made up of them even if, to the naked eye, it looked remarkably like lines of HB..
Une Baignade, Asnières, 1883-84