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A work made of black conté crayon on off-white laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black conté crayon on off-white laid paper.


c. 1881


Georges Seurat
French, 1859–1891

About this artwork

This haunting work is one of a remarkable body of landscapes Georges Seurat drew in the early 1880s. A lone figure moves along a path through a park setting with a hilly terrain, tended lawns, and tall trees. With its mysterious, twilit atmosphere, Landscape demonstrates the unique shadowy and dramatically lit tenebrist style that the artist developed in that decade.

The drawing’s brilliance lies in the breathtaking skill with which Seurat applied Conté crayon, using varying pressure on textured paper to create luminous middle tones counterpoised with solid blacks, demonstrating that Seurat was one of the great masters of black and white.


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Georges Seurat




France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1876–1886


Black Conté crayon on off-white laid paper


24.9 × 31.6 cm (9 13/16 × 12 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

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