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Oil Sketch for "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884"

Heavy daubs of pigment form a crowded scene of roughly defined, finely dressed individuals in a brightly color park along a riverbank.
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  • Heavy daubs of pigment form a crowded scene of roughly defined, finely dressed individuals in a brightly color park along a riverbank.

Date:

1884

Artist:

Georges Seurat
French, 1859-1891

About this artwork

This small oil on thin wood panel is one of over 20 painted studies Georges Seurat made for A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 . Although at first glance its composition seems similar to the finished canvas, its 20 or more figures have little to do with the final version. The trio at right with an elderly seated figure, for example, was completely rethought in the completed work, where they are replaced by a man in a top hat and a woman walking a monkey on a leash. This ironic combination of grand solemnity and wry humor is totally absent from the sketch’s awkwardly positioned figures.

Status

On View, Gallery 240

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Georges Seurat

Title

Oil Sketch for "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884"

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1884

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

6 1/8 × 9 9/16 in. (15.5 × 24.3 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary and Leigh Block

Reference Number

1981.15

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