Georges Seurat: The Drawings

Georges Seurat: The Drawings

by Georges Seurat
     
 
Once described as "the most beautiful painter's drawings in existence," Georges Seurat's mysterious and luminous works on paper played a crucial role in his short, vibrant career. This comprehensive publication surveys the artist's entire oeuvre, from his academic training and the emergence of his unique methods to the studies made for his monumental canvases.

Overview

Once described as "the most beautiful painter's drawings in existence," Georges Seurat's mysterious and luminous works on paper played a crucial role in his short, vibrant career. This comprehensive publication surveys the artist's entire oeuvre, from his academic training and the emergence of his unique methods to the studies made for his monumental canvases. Accompanying the first exhibition in almost 25 years to focus exclusively on Seurat's drawings, this volume presents approximately 130 works, primarily the artist's incomparable conté drawings along with a small selection of oil sketches and paintings. In an effort to bridge the seemingly opposite goals of description and evocation, Seurat masses dark and light tones to abstract figures, exploits medium and paper to amplify radiating light, and engages with the Parisian metropolis, revealing urban types, the industrial suburbs and nineteenth-century entertainment. Though Seurat is perhaps best known as the inventor of Pointillism, this volume demonstrates his tremendous achievement as a draftsman and his fundamental importance to the art of the twentieth century. It includes carefully selected details of the work, as well as reproductions from pages of Seurat's sketchbooks, which have never before been published. Texts by Jodi Hauptman, Karl Buchberg, Hubert Damisch, Bridget Riley, Richard Shiff and Richard Thomson address specific aspects of Seurat's techniques, materials, and subject matter. They are rounded out by a chronology, a selected bibliography and a detailed checklist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870707179
Publisher:
The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.32(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Bridget Riley was born in 1931 in London, where she currently lives and works. Educated at Goldsmiths College of Art and at the Royal College of Art in London, she has exhibited widely since her first solo exhibition in 1962. Among numerous group exhibitions, Riley participated in the 1968 Venice Biennial—where she won the international prize—and the 1986 Venice Biennial, as well as Documenta 4 in 1968 and Documenta 6 in 1977. Retrospectives of her work toured Europe and the world during the 70s, and she has exhibited work at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Tate Britain, London.

Jodi Hauptman is Asistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Delaware.

Georges Seurat was born in 1859 in Paris. In 1878 he began his academic training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under the tutelage of Henri Lehmann, a disciple of Ingres. Emerging during the dominance of Impressionism, Seurat forged his own pictorial language through his invention of Pointillism. In 1886, at the pivotal Eighth Impressionist Exhibition, the artist displayed the culmination of his developing theories and methods—"A Sunday on La Grande Jatte"—a work that solidified his standing as a new leader of the avant-garde. In addition to his success as a painter, Seurat placed great value on his drawing practice, producing over 500 works on paper during his short lifetime. Although his career lasted only about 11 years, Seurat became one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century. He died at the age of 31 in 1891 in Paris.

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