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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Georges Pierre Seurat, French (Paris 1859 - 1891 Paris)
Café-Concert (A la Gaîté Rochechouart)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: A la Gaîté Rochechouart
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Conté crayon and white gouache on buff laid paper
30.7 x 23.4 cm (12 1/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
framed: 57 x 47.5 cm (22 7/16 x 18 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: top, black ink, black crayon, and white gouache: G Seurat
  • watermark: MICHALLET
  • inscription: verso, graphite: Mo[?] 13711[?]
Émile Verhaeren, Brussels, by 1892 (d. 1916); M. and Mme Émile Laffon, Paris; their sale, Savoy Hotel, Zürich, April 8, 1938, no. 74 (bought in; CHF 141,000); acquired from Mme Laffon through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, April 1939 (Fr 150,000); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Lucie Cousturier, "Le dessins de Seurat", L'Art décoratif (March 1914), 201, pp. 97-106

Arsène Alexandre, "La Collection E. L.", La Renaissance (October 1933 - November 1933), vol. XVI, repr. p. 194

Anonymous, "À Zurich: La collection de Mr. [sic] et Mme Émile Laffon", Beaux-arts (March 4, 1938), 270, repr. pg. 5

Germain Seligman, The Drawings of Georges Seurat, Curt Valentin (New York, NY, 1947), pp. 24, 25, 85

Agnes Mongan, ed., One Hundred Master Drawings, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1949), p. 186, repr.

César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son Oeuvre, Grund (Paris, France, 1961), vol. 2, no. 686, repr. pp. 270, 271

Robert L. Herbert, Seurat's Drawings, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, 1962), pg. 144, no. 126, frontispiece

John Russell, Seurat, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1965), pg. 237, fig. 204

J.H. Rubin, "Seurat and Theory: The Near-Identical Drawings of the Café-Concert", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (October 1970), pp. 237-43, repr. p. 238, fig. 1

Erich Franz and Bernd Growe, Georges Seurat: Zeichnungen, exh. cat., Prestel Verlag (Munich, 1983), pp. 87 (fig. 23), 88, 193 (German edition); pp. 87, 193 (English edition)

Richard Thomson, Seurat, Phaidon (Oxford, 1985), pg. 197, repr. 201

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 290, p. 248, repr.

Wieland Barthelmess, "Das Café-Concert al Thema der französischen Maleri und Graphik des ausgehenden 19. Jahrhunderts" (1987), Freien Universität Berlin, pp. 102-6

Jean Claude Lebensztejn, Chahut, Hazan (Paris, 1989), pg. 17, repr. pg. 19

Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski, "Tonal Drawing and the Use of Charcoal in Nineteenth Century France.", Drawing, The Drawing Society (New York, March-April 1990), 11, no. 6, pg. 133, fig. 17

John Rewald, Seurat: A Biography, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 1990), ill. p. 185

Robert L. Herbert, Georges Seurat: 1859-1891, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), under no. 195, fig. 66 (French edition); pp. 296, 300-301, repr. (English edition)

Nicholas Wadley, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing, Dutton Studio Books, New York (New York, NY, 1991), pg. 297, pl. 105

Richard Tilston, Seurat, Bison Group (London, 1991), pg. 129, repr.

Michael F. Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Fonds Mercator (Antwerp, 1991), pg. 366, fig. 508

Hajo Düchting, Georges Seurat, Taschen Verlag (Cologne, Germany, 1999), repr. p. 63 [color]

Peter Paquet, Helldunkel, Raum und Form: Georges Seurat als Zeichner, Peter Lang (Frankfurt am Main, 2000), fig. 68, pp. 205ff.

Robert L. Herbert, Seurat: Paintings and Drawings, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 2001), pp. 116, fig. 97, 182, n. 4

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 129, repr. (color)

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 39, cat. 26, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 129, repr.

Oliver Elbs, Neuro-Esthetics: Mapological Foundations and Applications (Map 2003), Martin Meidenbauer (Munich, 2005), repr. p. 85 (detail)

Charles Brock, Charles Sheeler: Across Media, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art and University of California Press (Washington, DC and Berkeley, 2006), p. 84, fig. 6 (p. 85)

Jodi Hauptman, Georges Seurat: The Drawings, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, 2007), p. 175, fig. 8 (p. 176)

Louis-Antoine Prat, Le dessin français au XIXe siècle, Somogy Éditions d'Art (Paris, 2011), p. 589

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 89, 91, 282, repr. p. 91 as fig. 3

Exhibition History

Quatrième Salon des Indépendants, Pavillon de la Ville de Paris, Champs Élysées, Paris, 03/22/1888 - 05/03/1888

VIme exposition annuelle des XX, Musée d'Art Moderne, Brussels

IXe exposition annuelle des XX, [Unknown venue, Brussels], 02/01/1892 - 02/28/1892

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/02/2018 - 02/19/2018

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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