The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy

The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy
Artist:
Georges-Pierre Seurat (French, 1859-1891)
Date:
1872 - 1892  
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
14-3/4 x 17-7/8 in. (37.5 x 45.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1968.28.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View
Description

Seurat is today best remembered as the inventor of Neo-Impressionism, a famous technique that used tiny dabs of contrasting color to create continuous images. This study—one of eight he devoted to the punishing labor of stone breakers—precedes Seurat’s revolutionary new manner by several years but already indicates his departure from the high Impressionist style. Picked out with short strokes of contrasting color, a pile of stones at the center of the composition appears convincingly pulverized, broken down from masses into particles, from form into color.

Provenance:

Léon Appert (1837-1925, brother-in-law of artist), Par, by descent to;
Léopold Appert, Paris, by descent to;
Mme. Vve. Léopold Appert, Paris.
[?]Jacques and Pierre Puybonnieux, Paris, in 1934 – still in 1952[?]
Private collection, Paris, in 1958.
[Stephen Hahn Gallery, New York, 1968 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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