Study for "Poseuses"
- Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris)
- Conté crayon on laid paper.
- 11 11/16 x 8 7/8 in. (29.7 x 22.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
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This poetic drawing is evidence of Seurat’s mastery of Conté crayon, a medium that allowed him to achieve rich velvety textures and softly blurred contours, for which he became well known. The stiff, almost awkward pose of the model clearly identifies the drawing as a preparatory study for a figure in Seurat’s famous painting The Models, or Poseuses (Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia). Following Seurat’s death, this framed drawing remained in the collection of his artist friend Maximilien Luce, who used it as a still-life element in a portrait of the famous art critic and collector Félix Féneon.