A friend and admirer of Seurat's during his brief but remarkable life, Pourtau adopted and applied the principles of Pointillism in his own painting (see figs. 1 & 2). In his obituary an unnamed source is quoted: "So as to prove to me that he wasn't forgetting painting [while on his American tour] he sent me from Boston, two years ago, an exquisite visiting card, a tiny picture representing a riverside scene. Pourteau [sic] was a truly distinguished Pointillist. Without letting the procedure overwhelm him, he knew how to give his canvas intense light and vibration" (quoted in Phillip Dennis Cate, ed., Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne, Paris 1880-1910 (exhibition catalogue), Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach & Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 2014-15, p. 41).
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