Landscape at Saint-Ouen

Georges Seurat French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 825

Dated to 1878 or 1879, this is the earliest known of Seurat’s landscape oil sketches. His good friend, the artist Aman-Jean, remembered him painting it on site at Saint-Ouen, a northern suburb of Paris. Seurat introduced warm, orangey-brown hues into the composition by allowing the wood panel support to show through between his brushstrokes. This work was originally part of a double-sided panel that was divided after 1950 into two separate pictures. The other side, now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, features a landscape with a copy after Puvis de Chavannes’s The Poor Fisherman (1881; Musée d’Orsay).

Landscape at Saint-Ouen, Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris), Oil on wood, mounted on wood

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