Art Sunday: Georges Seurat

 
Georges Seurat was a late 19th Century French Painter. He was known for his involvement with chromoluminarism, pointillism and neo-impressionism.
 
From what I can see, his Venus/Mercury conjunction in Sagittarius (which also affected his chart angles) square his Neptune in Pisces colored much of his work. But, it is when he was able to balance his Sun/Moon/Uranus mutable T-square that things started really getting interesting. Georges brought emotion and artistry to his everyday work (Pisces 6th house) and his Uranian tendencies expressed themselves through his 5th house of creativity (Aquarian 5th house).
 

The first inkling of his Uranian tendencies came in 1884 when he organized a group of independent (Aquarius) Artists (5th house) to form Société des Artistes Indépendants (Society-Aquarius- of Independent-Aquarius-artists-5th house). This was partially due a rejection that Seurat received to his first painting, Bathers at Asnieres.
Bathers at Asnieres

 
Seurat's Venus/Mercury square Neptune is prominent in this painting. And, water (Neptune) is prominent in much of his work. But, even with the softness and gorgeous use of color in this painting, it was not enough for Seurat to continue on without growing as an artist.
 
Seurat was classically trained. And, even if he did have the gift of vision (Sagittarius) and creative imagination (Venus/Mercury/Neptune) his work did not appear on canvas as a result of some type of strange magic. Each work was preceded by multiple drawings and oil sketches. Two years after this painting was complete, he began following a new technique of preparing to organize a work of art called Pointillism.
From Wikipedia: "The practice of Pointillism is in sharp contrast to the traditional methods of blending pigments on a palette. Pointillism is analogous to the four-color CMYK printing process used by some color printers and large presses that place dots of Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow, and Key (black). Televisions and computer monitors use a similar technique to represent image colors using Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) colors.
If red, blue, and green light (the additive primaries) are mixed, the result is something close to white light (see Prism (optics)). Painting is inherently subtractive, but pointillist colors often seem brighter than typical mixed subtractive colors. This may be partly because subtractive mixing of the pigments is avoided, and partly because some of the white canvas may be showing between the applied dots.
The painting technique used for pointillist color mixing is at the expense of the traditional brushwork used to delineate texture.
The majority of pointillism is done in oil paints. Anything may be used in its place, but oils are preferred for their thickness and tendency not to run or bleed." (It all sounds really complicated to me. But, makes perfect sense in the blending of art and science that appealed so much to Seurat--Moon in Pisces square Uranus in Gemini)
Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. It is apparent that not only did Seurat's Mercury/Venus conjunction give him the ability to create pleasing (Venus) media (Mercury). But, it also gave him the gift of forward (Sagittarius) thinking (Mercury) and an affinity (Venus) for trying new things and exploring new territory (Sagittarius). Expanded vision. The technique was ridiculed by critics upon first appearance on the art scene. Truly, though, it was pure genius.
 

Enlarged view of a portion of
Seurat's work "La Parade"
showing the pointillism technique

Pioneering new techniques and forming an independent artist foundation all speak of Seurat's Sun/Uranus opposition and his 5th house North Node in Aquarius. How the T-square with his Moon operates is to bring in experimentation with a need (Moon) to create artistry (Pisces). Interestingly, the outlet for that T-square is Virgo--where ideas come down to earth and become organized in a usable manner. Virgo brings order to the chaos that is Neptune/Moon and the 12th house. It also points right back to his Mercury (ruler of Virgo) and Neptune (modern ruler of the 12th) who are locked into a tense square of their own.
You can find plenty of negative connotations of Venus square Neptune and Mercury square Neptune. Art, however is a positive expression of either aspect.

Madame Seurat (Georges' mother)

While art gave Seurat an outlet for his mutable T-squares, his Venus/Neptune did manifest in his everyday life and I'm sure the rest of the aspects flared up from time to time. Seurat was catalytic in the world of art (Aquarius 5th house) and though that sounds exciting and fun, being a catalyst is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes things blow up around you and you don't even have try to light the fuse. Obviously, there is a point to the madness. We are not meant to remain in stasis. Change is the only constant. There is always room for improvement, refinement and to learn more. Seurat embraced that.
And, he made great use of an otherwise tense and confusing chart by reaching for Earth (Virgo) to ground out and bring his vision down to Earth while engaging emotional intelligence (Moon/Uranus) and employing his desire to expand his own horizons (Sagittarius) through experimentation (Aquarius/Uranus).
As for his Venus/Neptune in relationships, Seurat lived secretly (Venus/Neptune)with a French model as he neared the end of his 31 years. She bore him a son, Pierre Georges. Both, Pierre and Georges died of nebulous disease around the same time.
 

Seurat's "secret love" is featured in this painting
"Jeune femme se poudrant"

Seurat is probably best known for his work "A Sunday on La Grande Jette" which took him two years to complete and included images that spanned classes of society. The water on a Sunday brings the diverse group together. And Seurat's delicate attention to color and emotion brings the entirety of the scene to life. Like magic, he creates a soothing but emotionally evocative and politically pointed landscape to life.
 
 
 
 
Correlation of Seurat's chart and our current sky:
Venus square Neptune (perfects June 29--is currently aspecting Neptune through sextile from Taurus)
Neptune in Pisces
Mars inconjunct Neptune (currently waning)