SEURAT, Georges
(b. 1859, Paris, d. 1891, Paris)

A Woman Fishing

Conté crayon on paper, 308 x 235 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This crayon study is a preparatory for Seurat's most famous painting, A Sunday afternoon on La Grande Jatte (Art Instiitute of Chicago). This painting depicts a scene of Parisians enjoying their day off on an island in the Seine. Seurat, who wanted to make the art of painting objective and systematic, completed at least 32 preparatory drawings and oil sketches for the painting, often working out individual figures in separate drawings.