Georges Seurat: The Drawings
October 28, 2007–January 7, 2008
The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor
In bridging description and evocation, Seurat masses tones to abstract figures, weaves skeins of conté crayon to test the limits of decipherable space, and engages with the Parisian metropolis, illuminating urban types, revealing the ever-expanding industrial suburbs, and offering a tour through the world of nineteenth-century popular entertainment. Most of all, his dramatization of the relationship between light and shadow resulted in a distinct body of work. Though Seurat is perhaps best known as the inventor of pointillism, this exhibition will demonstrate his tremendous achievement as a draftsman and the significance of his working methods and themes for the art of the twentieth century.
The exhibition is made possible by The Starr Foundation.
The Museum acknowledges a generous grant from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.
Major support is provided by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Additional funding is provided by Susan G. Jacoby, The Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, and Cultural Services, Embassy of France in the United States.