Image of the day
Bathers at Asnières (1884) – French post-impressionist painter Georges-Pierre Seurat, born 02/12/1859
Seurat completed the painting when he was twenty-four years old. He applied to the jury of the Salon to have the work exhibited there, but the jury rejected it. Seurat's Bathers preceded A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (see 29th March), which shows people on the bank of the other side of the river. While the bathers at Asnieres on the left bank are working-class people, it is the bourgeoisie who are on the right bank. The picture was not widely acclaimed until many years after the death of the artist at the age of just thirty-one. An appreciation of the painting’s merits grew during the twentieth century, and today it hangs in the National Gallery in London, where it is considered one of the highlights of the gallery’s collection of paintings.
On this day …
1697 The rebuilt St Paul's Cathedral was officially opened.
1979 Elvita Adams jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, only to be blown
back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind and left with a broken hip.
1988 7,000 Muslims in Bolton, UK staged the first ever demonstration against Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, marching to the the town centre and burning copies of the book.
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