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A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette

Updated June 19, 2019

Dimensions: 36" x 26"
Materials: #3-, 4-, and 5-cut wool on rug warp
Adapted from a painting by Seurat (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte) and hooked by Karen Whidden, Southern Pines, North Carolina, 2009. Photo by John Whidden.
Featured in: Celebration XXI

"My granddaughter had a poster of Sunday Afternoon on her bedroom wall; and, since I enjoyed hooking Monet's Wild Poppies so much, I decided to take on the challenge of Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte. The most challenging part of this rug was incorporating the more than 50 people, animals, and objects from the original painting. Sometimes this required just a few loops of color in the right place. It was important to capture a snapshot of the activity of that sunny afternoon. I sold Sunday Afternoon and several of my other rugs to a school teacher from New Jersey. Sometimes I wish I hadn't sold this special rug, but I know it has a wonderful home."
- Karen Whidden, Celebration Hall of Fame 2018

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