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TOKYO

‘Divisionism from Van Gogh and Seurat to Mondrian’

THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

This exhibition focuses on divisionism, an artistic technique pioneered by Neo-impressionist painter Georges Seurat who, rather than blend paints for new colors, used pointillism (tiny dots) of primary colors so that viewers optically mixed them when looking at his work. The style became popular with both abstract artists and audiences as they believed the meticulous production of the tiny dots created a luminosity unachievable through the physical mixing of pigments.

This exhibition presents paintings primarily from the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands, and features the work of Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh and Piet Mondrian; Oct. 4-Dec. 23.

The National Art Center, Tokyo; 03-5777-8600; 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Nogizaka Station, Chiyoda Line. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Fri. till 8:00 p.m.). ¥1,500. Closed Tue. www.nact.jp