Woman Singing in a Café Chantant, 1887

Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

  • Crayon, 29,5 x 22,5 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

This crayon drawing by Seurat shows a subject that was extremely popular with impressionist painters who often chose to paint such cheerful, everyday scenes of the Parisian world of entertainment. Artists such as Degas, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec could be regularly found looking for inspiration in restaurants, cafés and night clubs. Seurat’s subject, a female singer in a café chantant, forms part of this tradition. However, his approach differs from that of his predecessors: instead of a rapid impression, he produced a drawing with a balanced composition and an even distribution of black and white over the picture plane.

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