A Woman Fishing

Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris)

Conté crayon
12 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. (30.8 x 23.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1951; acquired from The Museum of Modern Art, Lillie P. Bliss Collection
Accession Number:
  • Secondary Titles

    Lady Fishing

    La Pêcheuse à la Ligne

    Femme qui Pèche

    Etude pour la Grande Jatte

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: On verso, in blue pencil:
    "G. Seurat - / L"

    On verso, in red pencil, upside down:
    [posthumous inventory dessin number]

  • Provenance

    Émile Seurat (French, 1891–1906)from 1891 until no later than 1906; Félix Fénéon (French (born Italy), Turin 1861–1944 Châtenay-Malabry)by 1926, until January 1928; De Hauke & Co., New York, for Jacques Seligmann & Co., Jan - March 1928[stock no. 1141]; William Macbeth Inc., New York, from March 1928 until 1929; Lizzie Plummer Bliss, by 1929 until her death in 1931; Museum of Modern Art, New York 1934 until purchase by MMA, 1951

  • Exhibition History

    Bernheim-Jeune et Cie, Paris. "Exposition Georges Seurat (1859-1891), 1908-09," December 14, 1908–January 9, 1909.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth Century French Drawings and Prints," June 23, 1981–August 23, 1981.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Georges Seurat 1859-1891," September 24, 1991–January 12, 1992.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 26, 1996–May 5, 1996.

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    de Hauke 635; Paris-New York 1991, no. 125, Dorra and Rewald 1959, no. 131a

  • References

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  • See also