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Final Study for "Bathers at Asnières"

A work made of oil on panel.
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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Georges Seurat
French, 1859-1891

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.


On View, Gallery 240


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Georges Seurat


Final Study for "Bathers at Asnières"


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


Inscribed lower right: Seurat


15.8 × 25.1 cm (6 1/4 × 9 7/8 in.)

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Gift of the Adele R. Levy Fund, Inc.

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