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Man painting a boat

Circa 1883

Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

Oil on panel

Depth: 6.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 33 cm ( frame ); Height: 24.4 cm ( frame ); Height: 15.9 cm ( panel); Width: 25 cm ( panel );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948
P.1948.SC.393

About this work
This swiftly-painted river scene shows the young Seurat engaging with the mid-nineteenth tradition of open-air oil painting favoured by the Impressionists. Although Seurat admired these artists, this sketch, with its controlled criss-crossed brushwork, already shows him moving beyond their technical innovations. (Permanent collection label)



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

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