L'écho (Echo), study for Une baignade, Asnières (Bathers at Asnières) Artist: Georges Seurat (French, 1859–1891)

1883–84

Prints and Drawings

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.

Medium

Conté crayon on Michallet paper

Dimensions

12 5/16 × 9 7/16 in. (31.2 × 24 cm)
framed: 21 1/2 × 18 1/4 × 7/8 in. (54.61 × 46.36 × 2.22 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Edith Malvina K. Wetmore

Accession Number

1966.80.11

Culture
Period

19th century

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Paul Signac, Paris; Jean Ajalbert, Paris; Wildenstein & Co., New York; Edith Malvina K. Wetmore
Bibliography
  • Robert L. Herbert et al., Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte, 1st ed., exh. cat. (Chicago, Ill.: Art Institute of Chicago, 2004), 49, no. 25
  • Robert L. Herbert et al., Georges Seurat: 1859–1891, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991), 169, no. 117
  • Erich Franz and Bernd Growe, Georges Seurat: Zeichnungen, 1st ed., exh. cat. (Munich, Germany: Prestel-Verlag, 1983), 150, no. 64
  • Seurat 1859–1891: Paintings and Drawings, exh. cat. (New York: Knoedler and Company, 1949), 26, no. 26
  • Germain Seligman, The Drawings of Georges Seurat, 1st ed. (New York, N.Y.: Curt Valentin, 1947), 99, no. 1, Plate No. 1
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Additional information

Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), portraits, study (visual work)

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, in red chalk: 371\r\nIn blue chalk: G. Seurat / L. \r\nInscribed in graphite: frand marge bleute

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