Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Artist: Georges Seurat, French, 1859–1891

L’écho (Echo), study for Une baignade, Asnières (Bathers at Asnières)

1883–1884

Conté crayon on Michallet paper

31.2 x 24 cm (12 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.), framed: 54.6 x 46.4 x 2.2 cm (21 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 7/8 in.)
Bequest of Edith Malvina K. Wetmore
1966.80.11
This drawing is one of several known conté crayon studies for Georges Seurat’s large 1884 oil painting, Bathers at Asnieres (National Gallery, London). For this highly finished drawing, Seurat used his characteristic, toothy Michallet paper, which captured bits of the crayon as it worked across the paper’s surface, leaving minute areas of the sheet void of medium. The overall effect is one that beautifully simulates, in monotone, the flickering qualities of Seurat’s Pointillist canvases. There are no sharp contours in this image: forms are defined by juxtaposed areas of conté tone rather than by line. By filling the entire sheet with the figure’s head and upper torso and sharply cropping the boy’s elbow and hat, Seurat isolated the figure both physically and psychologically—an effect that he transferred to the finished canvas.
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and watercolors
Status: 
By appointment
Bibliography: 

Robert L. Herbert et al., Georges Seurat: 1859–1891, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991), 169, no. 117.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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