Georges Seurat

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Georges Seurat
Approach to the Bridge at Courbevoie
Black Conté crayon.
9 11/16 x 12 7/16 inches (246 x 316 mm)
Thaw Collection.

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Félix Fénéon, Paris; sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 July 1957, no. 43; Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York; Margaret H. Drey, London; Samuel Courtauld, London; Arthur Kaufmann, London; Heinz Berggruen; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 359, repr.
The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and Oil Sketches : Acquisitions since 1994. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 2002, no. 51.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 94, repr. [Jennifer Tonkovich]


In the early 1880s, Seurat made a number of studies in the area around La Grande Jatte, an island in the Seine just northwest of Paris. The bridge depicted here joins the town of Courbevoie to the island at its midpoint. The varied geometric forms of the tollhouse, bridge, and riverbank and their ambiguous spatial relationships impart a rhythmic tension to the scene. Seurat gave this drawing to the critic Félix Fénéon, who defended the artist's work in his review of the Impressionist exhibition of 1886. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

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Fénéon, Félix, 1861-1944, former owner.
Drey, Margaret H., former owner.
Courtauld, Samuel, former owner.
Kaufmann, Arthur, former owner.
Berggruen, Heinz, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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