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What Is The Seurat Balance Between Left And Right

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Seurat's balance is carefully positioned and proportioned so that the full piece is fascinating to look at. The river to the left is full of yachts and rowing boats, while this balance is matched by the closely placed large figures to the right. In the center of the work is an outbreak of activity, which makes the painting's center as appealing to look at as the left and the right. Although the activity in the piece, however, the artist's placing of his figures lends a degree of formality and static to his piece. His choice to only depict people facing sideways or straight on makes the entire scene seem very rigid and like toy soldiers, which was a criticism leveled against the artist at the time
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