The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy
c. 1882
Georges-Pierre Seurat (French, 1859-1891)
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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.


  • Artist Name: Georges-Pierre Seurat (French, 1859-1891)
  • Title: The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy
  • Date: c. 1882
  • 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

Object Information

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.

Retrospective Georges Seurat

  • Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, 1908-12-14 to 1909-01-09


  • Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, 1957-11 to 1957-12

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13

Selections from the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1972-12-03 to 1974-07-17

By Day & By Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2019-10-04 to 2020-03-02
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  • Rewald, John; and Henri Dorra, Seurat: l'oeuvre peint, biographie et catalogue critique, 1959, no. 21
  • de Hauke, Cesar, Seurat et son oeuvre, 1961, no. 38
  • Minervino, F., Tout l'oeuvre peint de Seurat, 1971, pp. 93-94
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 161
  • Rewald, John, Seurat: A Biography, 1990, p. 34
  • Laprade, Jacques de, Seurat, 1991, pl. 10
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  • Zimmermann, M., Seurat and the Art Theory of His Time, 1991, fig. 135 pp. 14, 92
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 524 p. 308
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