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In the Simpsons episode “Mom and Pop Art” (10×19), Barney Gumble offers to pay for a beer with a handmade reproduction of the painting.
The border of the painting is, unusually, in inverted color, as if the world around them is also slowly inverting from the way of life they have known. Seen in this context, the boy who bathes on the other side of the river bank at Asnières appears to be calling out to them, as if to say, “We are the future. Come and join us”. 
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Despite the island of La Grande Jatte looking a great deal different to how it once did, Seurat’s effort is perhaps the most similar to how it looks today. The banks of the river Seine are considerably steeper than in Seurat’s day but one spot is convincingly similar to his Grande Jatte.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (French: Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte) painted in 1884, is one of Georges Seurat’s most famous works. It is a leading example of pointillist technique, executed on a large canvas. Seurat’s composition includes a number of Parisians at a park on the banks of the River Seine.
In 1879 Georges Seurat enlisted as a soldier in the French army and was back home by 1880. Later, he ran a small painter’s studio in Paris, and in 1883 showed his work publicly for the first time. The following year, Seurat began to work on La Grande Jatte and exhibited the painting in the spring of 1886 with the Impressionists. With La Grande Jatte, Seurat was immediately acknowledged as the leader of a new and rebellious form of Impressionism called Neo-Impressionism.
His art was not, like Impressionism, about pure sensation, or self-expression, or improvisation. (Impressionism wasn’t necessarily about these things, either, but that’s another story.) It was, instead, an un-Romantic exercise in measurement, objectivity, logic, control, with formal decisions made and conceptually resolved before brush touched canvas. ”La Grande Jatte,” which exemplified all of these qualities, was a masterpiece of applied mechanics. It was perfect.
Once clear of the stratosphere, though, they might relax just a bit. The black dog on the grass will stretch and yip. The girl in the center in white will smile. The woman with the bustle will give her little monkey a kiss, give herself a little shake, and give her partner the cold shoulder. She may be immortal, but she’s up for something new. Her intergalactic dance in the dark with Georges is about to begin.