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Oil Sketch for "La Grande Jatte"

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 a thin wood panel is one of 24 painted studies Georges Seurat made while conceiving the large, celebrated painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Although at first glance, the panel seems close to the larger canvas, its 20 or more figures have little to do with the final composition. The trio at right, for example, with the elderly seated figure, was completely rethought in the final composition, in which a man in a top hat and a woman walking a monkey convey a sense of grand solemnity and wry humor—a sophisticated irony that is completely absent in the clumsily positioned figures of the oil panel.

Status

On View, Gallery 240

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Georges Seurat

Title

Oil Sketch for "La Grande Jatte"

Origin

France

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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