Angelica at the Rock (After Ingres)

Georges-Pierre Seurat (French, 1859-1891)
Oil on canvas 
32-5/8 x 26-1/8 in. (83 x 66.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

One of the most innovative artists of the late nineteenth century, Georges-Pierre Seurat nevertheless spent his early years training within the traditional academic strictures of the École des Beaux-Arts. Like Edgar Degas, Seurat was a great admirer of Ingres, and as a student, he copied his work on a number of occasions. The strong contours in the work draw on Ingres's exquisite sense of modeling, but the younger artist, who copied this work in the Louvre at age 18, also focused his attention on the subject’s context: the foreboding atmospheric qualities reflecting her near death at the hands of a sea monster, and the hint of water at her feet as she awaits her rescue. Seurat copied Angelica’s figure from Ingres’s larger composition on at least two other occasions the year it arrived at the Louvre. The painting clearly made an impact on contemporary Parisian artists, as Degas bought a later version of Ingres’s picture for his own private collection.


Léon Appert (1837-1925, brother-in-law of artist), Paris, by descent to;
Léopold Appert, Paris.
[?]Charles Hall Thorndyke (1875-1935).
[Etienne Bignou, Paris].
Alphonse Bellier, Paris.
[Jos Hessel, Paris; sold 15 March 1930 to];
[Alex. Reid & Lefevre, London, stock no. 469/29, sold 20 February 1933 to];
[Étienne Bignou, Paris].
Private collection, England by 1961 – still in 1972.
[Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, by 1976, sold 9 April 1982 to];
Norton Simon, bequest 1993 to;
Jennifer Jones Simon, gift 1997 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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