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Female nude

Circa 1879-81

Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

Black conté crayon over preliminary drawing with stumped graphite on laid paper

Depth: 3.8 cm ( frame ); Height: 84.2 cm [check dims - new frame 2012?] ( frame ); Width: 63.8 cm ( frame ); Width: 0 ( 48.3 cm); Height: 0 ( 63.2 cm);

Inscribed by Félix Fénéon in pencil, lower right & recto, de Georges Seurat/ fel F

Inscribed by Félix Fénéon in red chalk, lower right & recto, 381

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
This female nude – one of very few Seurat ever drew – emerges from deep shadows. The contours of her body are defined by shading and stumping (smudging the crayon) rather than by hard outlines. In contrast to the stillness of the figure, the background, composed of a web of vigorous crayon marks, seems to vibrate with energy.

The model’s conventional pose suggests that this stunning work may have been made in a life class. Her raised knee and hands would have rested on a chair. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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