The Seine at Courbevoie, 1884
Georges Seurat (1859-1891)
Above all, Georges Seurat is famous for monumental canvases such as the Bathers at Asnières (1883-84, National Gallery, London) and Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-86, Art Institute of Chicago). Less well known are the dozens of studies he made over the years on small, wooden panels. These fit perfectly inside the lid of his outdoor painting box and were thus easy to transport. The Seine at Courbevoie is an example of just this kind of study. The view is taken from the island of La Grande Jatte, looking southwest towards the Parisian suburb of Courbevoie. There is a bridge in the background, cut off at the left. The massive forms of large villas arranged against the sky, and in the foreground we see a little figure in a boat, sketched in with only a few brushstrokes.