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Monkey

Artist:
Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris)
Date:
1884
Medium:
Conté crayon
Dimensions:
12 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (31.1 x 23.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967
Accession Number:
67.187.35
Not on view
Seurat imparted a timeless, idealized appearance to this monkey by showing the animal in strict profile, with minimal detail, and independent of a setting. He defined the essential aspects of the monkey in light and shade, not through line, using hatching and cross-hatching in Conté crayon and retaining the paper support as the light source. This study is one of many that Seurat made for "La Grande Jatte" (1886, Art Institute of Chicago), the canonical modern image of the Parisian bourgeoisie enjoying their leisure on a Sunday afternoon.
Un Singe

Inscription: On recto, lower center, in graphite:
"39-31 passer partout mauve [?] / Cadre / verre / replier la moitié inférieure (ne pas la couper)".

On recto, at lower right margin, in pen and blue ink:
"Étude pour "le Singe" de la Grande Jatte - 1885/photo 341. J. Rodrigues - Henriques / Mars 1928".

On verso, in blue pencil:
"G. Seurat / G. 9-L" [?]

On verso, in grey/black pencil:
"361"
[posthumous inventory dessin number]

On verso, below accession number at lower right, in graphite:
"EL.37.1377"

Marking: On recto, violet stamp at lower center:
"Jacques Rodrigues-Henriques, 1958 [?], 20, Rue Bonaparte - PARIS (VIe)"
Félix Fénéon (French (born Italy), Turin 1861–1944 Châtenay-Malabry)Paris, probably from 1891; Eugène Druet (French)Paris, by 1908 until at least 1926; Jacques Rodrigues-Henriques, Paris, by March 1928 until at least 1929; Adelaide Milton de Groot (American, New York 1876–1967 New York), by 1935, until bequest to MMA in 1967; Donor: Adelaide Milton de Groot (American, New York 1876–1967 New York)
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