Georges Seurat's painting, "Boat by the Riverbank," was created in 1888 and is part of a series of seven paintings by the artist. The series is known as “The Bathers” and includes a total of 14 paintings.
The painting features a tranquil scene of a river in rural France. It depicts a small boat floating on the river’s surface with a few figures walking alongside it. Seurat used pointillism, a technique which he pioneered, to create this work. The careful placement of thousands of small brushstrokes to form the image creates a subtle interplay of color and light.
The painting was initially met with a lukewarm reception. Critics complained about the lack of depth and perspective within the piece. However, as the years went by, it became more widely accepted and recognized as an important work of Impressionism. It was eventually acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1918 and can be seen today in its permanent collection.
Seurat's painting is regarded as an important piece of Impressionist art. It is a beautiful and peaceful image that captures the serenity of a summer day by a peaceful river.