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Young Woman powdering Herself
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Young Woman powdering Herself

Circa 1888-90

Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

Oil on canvas

Height: 95.5 cm ( canvas ); Width: 79.5 cm ( canvas ); Height: 107 cm ( frame ); Width: 91.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 7.5 cm ( frame );

Signed, bottom right & recto, on painted border, Seurat

Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932

About this work
This is the only painting by Seurat to give us any information about his private life. It shows his mistress, Madeleine Knobloch, who later gave birth to his son. Seurat’s family only discovered Madeleine’s existence at his death.

Madeleine’s generous forms, shaped by her corset, contrast with the fragile objects around her. Rather than a portrait, Seurat gives us an ironic commentary on the theme of a woman beautifying herself. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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