Christie's will auction the $4m 'creative genius' of Georges Seurat in New York



2015-06-26 12:05:01

Christie's will auction the $4m 'creative genius' of Georges Seurat in New York

A rare and valuable group of Seurat's studies and drawings will sell from a private collection

As a highlight of its upcoming Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on November 3, Christie's will offer a superb group of early works by Georges Seurat (1859-1891, pictured top right).

These will include a study in oil for his most famous painting, Un dimanche d't l'le de la Grande Jatte, which is presently being exhibited in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.

The study, along with four rare early drawings that demonstrate Seurat's considerable skill as a draughtsman, is being offered from a distinguished French collection.

Acquired over the course of a dozen years between 1988 and 2001, the group is expected to achieve a combined total in excess of $4m.

Seurat's Paysage, homme assis (Etude pour 'Un dimanche d'ete l'Ile de la Grande Jatte'), oil on panel, painted in 1884-85. It is estimated at $1,500,000-2,500,000

"The appearance of such a sizable group of Seurat works on the market is a rare event," said Conor Jordan, Head of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie's New York.

"Seurat died tragically young at just 31 years old, leaving us with only a small output of works that have become highly sought-after by collectors and institutions worldwide.

"This group of drawings and studies offers an exciting glimpse into Seurat's considerable genius, showing us how he explored composition, light and shadow, and the optical qualities of pure color."

Watch this space for more news on Christie's New York Auction.

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