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Foal (Le Poulain) [also called "The Colt"]

Artist:
Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris)
Date:
1882–83
Medium:
Conté crayon on laid paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (24.8 x 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.706
Not on view
This unbridled foal is remarkably anomalous among Seurat’s drawings. Its flurry of scratchy lines and sense of unrestrained motion contrast the silence and calm generally found in Seurat’s velvety Conté crayon sheets. Seurat kept this drawing through his short life, after which it passed to fellow Neo-Impressionist Henri Edmond Cross, another artist favored by Robert Lehman.
Marking: Inventory number in red crayon on the verso: 186
Collection of Henri-Edmond Cross, Paris; Madame Henri-Edmond Cross, Paris; Félix Fénéon, Paris; Fénéon sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 4 December 1941, no. 17; Gustave Gouband, Paris. Acquired by Robert Lehman from René Gas, Galerie André Maurice, Paris, 1948
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