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Seated Figures, Study for "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

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French (Paris 1859 - 1891 Paris)
Seated Figures, Study for "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", 1884-1885
Painting
French
,
19th century
Oil on panel
16.2 x 25.5 cm (6 3/8 x 10 1/16 in.)
framed: 38.1 x 47.9 x 8 cm (15 x 18 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
, 1951.62
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
,
Marks
signed: l.r.: Seurat
inscription: On cradle, in black ink: 11489
inscription: Inscribed in red paint in a manner referred to as "cachet Moline" after the dealer responsible for the addition.
Provenance
Georges Lecomte, Paris. [Reid Gallery, Glasgow], sold ; to [Alex Reid and Lefèvre,Ltd., London], sold; to D. W. T. Cargill, Lanark, Scotland, (1927-1932).Bignou Gallery, New York. Stanley L. Barbee, Beverly Hills, CA, sold; [at his sale, Parke-Bernet, NY, April 20, 1944, no. 17]; to Maurice Wertheim, New York, 1944 - 1951), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.

Notes:
Reid Gallery and Lefèvre partnered in the 1920s. Alex Reid and Lefèvre,Ltd., was also known as The Lefevre Gallery.
Bibliography
Catalogue de l'exposition de Georges Seurat (1859-1891), exh. cat., Galerie Bernheim Jeune (Paris, France, 1908), no. 45

A Century of French Painting, exh. cat., McLellan Gallery (Glasgow, Scotland, 1927), no. 39

A Century of French Painting, exh. cat., Lefevre Galleries (Glasgow, Scotland, 1927), no. 39

Christian Zervos, "Un Dimanche à la Grande Jatte et la technique de Seurat", Cahiers d'Art (1928), vol. III, no. 9, p. 366

Exhibition of French Art, 1200-1900, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, England, 1932), no. 556

Daniel Catton Rich, Seurat and the Evolution of "La Grande Jatte", The University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1935), repr. pl. xxviii

French Painting since 1870, lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), p. 24, repr. p. 25

Six Masters of Post-Impressionism, exh. cat., Wildenstein & and Company (New York, NY, 1948), no. 48

La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), no. 12, pp. 33-34

A Collector's Exhibition: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Collections of Members of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Fine Arts., exh. cat., Knoedler & and Co. Inc. (New York, NY, 1950), foreword, no. 11

Henri Dorra and John Rewald, Seurat: L'oeuvre peint, biographie et catalogue critique, (Paris, France, 1959), no. 122

Henri Dorra and John Rewald, Seurat, Les Beaux-Arts, Paris (Paris, France, 1959), repr. no. 122, p. 132

The Maurice Wertheim Catalogue: Modern French Art-- Monet to Picasso, exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC, 1960), p. 50, repr. p. 51

César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son Oeuvre, Grund (Paris, France, 1961), p. 305, no. 123

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art-- Manet to Picasso, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1962), pl. 19, pp. 48-49

William Innes Homer, Seurat and the Science of Painting, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA, 1964), pp. 120-122

John Russell, Seurat, Thames & and Hudson (London, England, 1965), pl. 144, p. 157

Fiorella Minervino and A. Chastel, L'Opera Completa di Seurat, (Milan, Italy, 1972), no. 131

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Maine State Museum (Augusta, ME, 1972), no. 35

Paris-New York: A Continuing Romance, exh. cat., Wildenstein Galleries (New York, NY, 1977), no. 79

Vivien Raynor, ""Art: Impressionist Show at the I.B.M. Gallery" [review]", The New York Times (New York, NY, April 26, 1985), p. C24

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 13, pp. 72-74, repr. p. 73

Hollis Clayson, "The Family and the Father: The Grande Jatte and its Absences", Museum Studies, The Art Institute of Chicago (1989), vol. XIV, no. 2, repr. in b/w fig. 5. p. 159; text p. 158

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 20, p. 71

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 86, color plate; pp. 129, 358, repr. b/w cat. no. 394

Michael F. Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Fonds Mercator (Antwerp, 1991), repr. in color no. 333, p. 179

Robert L. Herbert, Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte", exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago/University of California Press (Chicago, 2004), no. 40, p. 70, repr. in color

Exhibition History
Exposition Georges Seurat, 1859-1891, Galerie Bernheim Jeune, Paris, 12/14/1908 - 01/09/1909
A Century of French Painting, McLellan Gallery, Glasgow, 01/01/1927 - 12/31/1927
Exhibition of French Art, 1200-1900, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1932 - 03/05/1932, no. 554
French Painting since 1870 lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1946 - 09/07/1946; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 07/01/1953 - 09/13/1953
Six Masters of Post-Impressionism, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 04/08/1948 - 05/08/1948
La Peinture Française depuis 1870, Musée de la Province de Quebec, 07/12/1949 - 08/07/1949
A Collector's Exhibition, M. Knoedler & Co., Newport, 02/06/1950 - 02/25/1950
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 07/01/1952 - 09/14/1952
French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 06/13/1962 - 09/02/1962
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 06/20/1963 - 09/01/1963; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, 06/24/1965 - 09/07/1965; Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 09/03/1968 - 09/22/1968; Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 06/01/1971 - 09/30/1971; Maine State Museum, Augusta, 06/01/1972 - 09/01/1972
Paris-New York: A Continuing Romance, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 11/03/1977 - 12/17/1977
Manet to Matisse: The Maurice Wertheim Collection, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 04/09/1985 - 05/25/1985
The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art--Monet to Picasso, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 06/17/1960 - 09/04/1960
Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 06/16/2004 - 09/19/2004
Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011