Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859-1891) was born in Paris. His father worked for the civil courts. He studies at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. In 1886, with the painter Paul Signac, he developed a visual technique that they called “divisionism,” based on dividing colors into their primary elements. Seurat died young, at the age of thirty-one. During his lifetime, he completed only seven major paintings, of which the most famous is Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1885).