About this artwork
Georges Seurat made this painting as a preparatory work for his monumental Bathers at Asnières, now in the National Gallery, London. It shows men and boys on the bank of the Seine River in the working-class Parisian suburb of Asnières. The view presented here is just across the river from the leisure park Seurat immortalized in his best-known work, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884. The frozen gestures and sedate poses of these bathers set a mood distinct from the sparkling scenes of Parisians enjoying restaurants and other riverbank activities favored by the Impressionists. Nevertheless, Seurat’s focus on a subject from modern life, his luminous palette, and his airy brushwork show how the young artist adapted characteristics of Impressionist painting for his own purposes.
- Georges Seurat
- Final Study for "Bathers at Asnières"
- Oil on panel
- Inscribed lower right: Seurat
- 6 1/4 × 9 7/8 in. (15.8 × 25.1 cm)
- Gift of the Adele R. Levy Fund, Inc.