Nurse with a Child's Carriage
Inscribed by Maximilien Luce in blue chalk at left, G. Seurat; his own initial L below, in blue chalk; and inventory number 317 in red chalk
Conté crayon on Ingres paper
The velvety surface, lustrous black, and rich palette of grays in this drawing are typical of Seurat's art. He achieved such effects with a Conté crayon—a medium greasier than pencil or charcoal and allowing for greater variations of value— applied on heavy-textured paper. Also characteristic of Seurat is the reduction of the scene to simple geometric patterns, a process of distillation for which his work is often considered a precursor to twentieth-century abstract art.