Musée d'Orsay: Seurat


Georges SeuratStudy for "A Sunday at the Island of La Grande Jatte"© RMN-Grand Palais-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
On the occasion of the centenary of the death of Georges Seurat (1859-1891), this first large retrospective of his work ever organised in France gathered around a hundred paintings and about a hundred and twenty drawings by the leader and theoretician of neo-impressionism.

The large character compositions, the series of landscapes and seascapes from public and private collections around the world displayed at this exhibition paid a brilliant homage to the man who embodied one of the major avant-garde movements of this particularly wealthy period in the field of painting. Some large paintings by Seurat, impossible to move, were represented - such as Un dimanche après-midi à la Grande Jatte (a Sunday afternoon at La Grande Jatte)- through painted studies and sketches. The exhibition gave a very accurate idea of Seurat's work, in particular as it showed its less well-known but still exceptional aspect : his drawings.


Françoise Cachin, director, Musée d'Orsay, Robert L. Herbert, professor, Mount Holyoke College, Anne Distel, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay and Gary Tinterow, associate curator, department of European paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)


Exhibition catalogue
Seurat: Drawings and Paintings
Herbert Robert L.
Yale University Press, New Haven

10 April - 12 August 1991

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

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