Through my analysis and comparison of Les Grands Boulevard and La Grande Jatte I hope to convey to the reader that these two paintings, although painted in different styles, both illustrate the need to slow down and enjoy life. Les Grands Boulevards is a 20 1/2 x 25in. European oil on canvas painting created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1875 during the impressionism movement (“Philadelphia Museum of Art”). The painting is currently housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (“Philadelphia Museum of Art”). A Sunday on La Grande Jatte is another European oil on canvas painting. Georges Seurat started this painting in 1884 during the post impressionism movement and completed it in 1886 ( "About This Artwork."). In 1889 Seurat made one final change to La Grande Jatte, restretching the canvas to 81 3/4 x 121 1/4in in order to add a painted border ( "About This Artwork."). The painting is now located at the Art Institute of Chicago ( "About This Artwork.").
Renoir’s use of blurred details, blended colors and optical effect of light and color in Les Grands Boulevard show a fleeting moment of contemporary life in Paris in 1875.The painting depicts one of the so called grands boulevard of Paris. Brought about by the industrial revolution, the boulevard was a newly restored and modernized urban setting at the time Renoir painted it. The painting shows a busy populated street with people going about their day. Amidst the busy street we see a man sitting on a bench reading, two