Un Soir, Gravelines

Georges Seurat

(1859 - Paris - 1891)
Conté crayon on Michallet paper 23.8 x 31.5 cm (9.4 x 12.4 in.) 1890

Drawing for:

Georges Seurat, 'Le Chennal at Gravelines: Evening,' 1890, oil on canvas, 64.4 x 81.9 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, inv. 785.1963

This composition appears as the most satisfyingly complete of the Gravelines drawings. Its sky bears the delicate lines and rubbings of Seurat’s late drawings, which here seem appropriate to the pervasive light of the flattened-out Channel coast. (Robert Herbert, Georges Seurat 1859-1891, exhib. cat., Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, 9 April-12 August 1991, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24 September 1991-12 January 1992, p. 357. )

Provenance
Léon Appert (1837-1925), the artist's brother-in-law, Paris (probably until his death); By descent to Mme Léon Roussel, Paris; Private collection, Paris; Paris, Ader Picard Tajan, auction sale, 22 June 1988, lot 3 (sold by the above); André Blomberg, Paris (purchased at the above sale); London, Sotheby’s, auction sale, 3 February 2010, lot 3; European private collection
Literature
César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son œuvre, Paris, 1961, no. 696, p. 289
Richard Thomson, Seurat, Oxford, 1985, p. 173
Henri Dorra and John Rewald, Seurat, l'œuvre peint. Biographie et catalogue critique, Paris, 1959, no. 202a, p. 262
Joseph-Emile Muller, Seurat, dessins, Paris, 1960, p. 35
Robert Herbert, Seurat's Drawings, New York, 1962, p. 155
André Chastel and Fiorella Minervino, Tout l'œuvre peint de Seurat, Paris, 1973, no. D71, p. 110
Michael Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Antwerp, 1991, no. 590, p. 439

Exhibited
Seurat, Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, November-December 1957, no. 44 (titled Port-en-Bessin); Seurat at Gravelines: The Last Landscapes, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1990, no. 8 (titled Evening); Georges Seurat 1859-1891, Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, 9 April-12 August 1991, no. 222 and New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24September 1991-12 January 1992, no. 224, repr. (titled 'Un Soir, dessin pour 'Gravelines: un soir')

EXHIBITOR

Daxer & Marschall Kunsthandel

"Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Paintings; Old Master Paintings; Sculpture"

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