This unbridled foal is remarkably anomalous among Seurat’s drawings. Its flurry of scratchy lines and sense of unrestrained motion contrast the silence and calm generally found in Seurat’s velvety Conté crayon sheets. Seurat kept this drawing through his short life, after which it passed to fellow Neo-Impressionist Henri Edmond Cross, another artist favored by Robert Lehman.
Marking: Inventory number in red crayon on the verso: 186
Collection of Henri-Edmond Cross, Paris; Madame Henri-Edmond Cross, Paris; Félix Fénéon, Paris; Fénéon sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 4 December 1941, no. 17; Gustave Gouband, Paris. Acquired by Robert Lehman from René Gas, Galerie André Maurice, Paris, 1948