Georges Seurat (1859-1891)
PROPERTY FROM THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND
Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

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Georges Seurat (1859-1891)
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signed with initials and dated 'G.P.S. 1875' (lower right)
pencil and charcoal on paper
14 ¾ x 21 in. (37.5 x 53.3 cm.)
Drawn in 1875
Provenance
(possibly) Félix Fénéon, Paris.
(possibly) Bodley Gallery, New York.
George Harrison, Wayne, New Jersey (possibly acquired from the above).
Gift from the above to the present owner, 1961.
Literature
C.M. de Hauke, Seurat et son oeuvre, Paris, 1961, vol. II, pp. IX and 303 (illustrated).
R. Thomson, Seurat, Oxford, 1985, p. 14.

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Lot Essay

As a young art student, Seurat drew studies from antique sculpture and live models, and copied the works of master artists such as Jean Auguste–Dominique Ingres, Raphaël, and Nicolas Poussin. The present work is an academic study, drawn when the artist was just 16 years old. The skillful rendering of the classical subject of a reclining nude demonstrates the artist's extraordinary talents as a draughtsman, years before he would reach artistic maturity.
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