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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Georges Pierre Seurat, French (Paris 1859 - 1891 Paris)
Woman Knitting
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Women Sewing
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black crayon with metallic silver paint and black chalk on tan laid paper
32.2 x 24.5 cm (12 11/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Mme Seurat (d. 1899); to Léon Appert (the artist's brother-in-law), by descent; to Maurice Appert, Paris, 1925 (his son). [Étienne Bignou, Paris, 1927]. [Knoedler and Co., New York], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, December 19, 1922 [through Martin Birnbaum], bequest; to 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, Seurat, G. Crès et Cie (Paris, 1926), pl. 51 (as "Tricotant")

Christian Zervos, "Idéalisme et naturalisme dans la peinture moderne", Cahiers d'art (1927), 2, nos. 7-8, repr. pg. 278 (as "collection particulière Etienne Bignou")

Gustave Kahn, Les dessins de Georges Seurat (2 vols.), Bernheim-Jeune (Paris, 1928), vol. 2, pl. 125

Claude Roger-Marx, Seurat, G. Crès et Cie (Paris, 1931), pl. 26 (as "Woman Knitting")

Daniel Catton Rich, Seurat and the Evolution of "La Grande Jatte", University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1935), pg. 59, no. 2

Germain Seligman, The Drawings of Georges Seurat, Curt Valentin (New York, NY, 1947), pp. 16, 23, 72, no. 40, pl. 29

Hermann Jedding, Seurat, Uffici Press (Milan, 1957?), pg. 6

César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son oeuvre (2 vols.), Grund (Paris, 1961), vol. 2, fig. 512

Robert L. Herbert, Seurat's Drawings, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, 1962), pp. 41, 178, fig 40

Pierre Courthion, Georges Seurat, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 1968), pg. 51 (as "Knitting"), repr.

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), cat. no. 120, repr.

Fiorella Minervino and André Chastel, L'Opera Completa di Seurat (Milan, Italy, 1972), no. D109, pg. 112

Norma Broude, "Night Light on Seurat's 'Dot': Its Relation to Photo-Mechanical Color Printing in France in the 1880s", Art Bulletin (December 1974), 56, pp. 585, repr. 586 fig. 5

Norma Broude, "The Influence of Rembrandt Reproductions on Seurat's Drawing Style: A Methodological Note", Gazette des beaux arts (October 1976), ser. 6, 88, pp. 158-59, fig. 6

Norma Broude, ed., Seurat in Perspective, Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1978), pg. 170, illus. facing pg. 102, fig. 2

Sarane Alexandrian, Seurat, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, 1980), pg. 21

Erich Franz and Bernd Growe, Georges Seurat: Zeichnungen, exh. cat., Prestel Verlag (Munich, 1983), p. 59, fig. 11 (German edition); pp. 59, fig. 11, 60, 63 (English edition)

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, p. 53, fig. 44, ill. (b/w)

Richard Thomson, Seurat, Phaidon (Oxford, 1985), pg. 24, repr. pg. 25, pl. 17

Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat, Seurat, Skira Rizzoli (New York, 1990), repr. pg 32 (as "Woman Knitting")

Michael F. Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Fonds Mercator (Antwerp, 1991), pg. 63, fig. 88

Joseph C. Skrapits, "Shades of Gray: The Drawings of Georges Seurat", American Artist (March 1992), vol. LVI, no. 596, p. 71, repr. p. 46

[Reproduction only], Exposé (Essays from the Harvard Expository Writing Program), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1994 - 1995)., repr. p. 35

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 31 under "Conté crayon"

Peter Paquet, Helldunkel, Raum und Form: Georges Seurat als Zeichner, Peter Lang (Frankfurt am Main, 2000), fig. 40, p. 108

Anne Bertrand, "Winthrop: le dessein d'une collection", L'Oeil (March 2003), no. 545, fig. 14 (color)

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. 128, repr. (color)

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. 128, repr.

Fronia E. Wissman, "Knitting and Fine Art", Interweave Knits (Spring 2006), XI, no. 1, p. 8, p. 8, repr.

Exhibition History

8th Exhibition, Société des Artistes Indépendants, Société des Artistes Indépendants, Paris, 03/19/1892 - 04/27/1892

Seurat: Oeuvres peintes et dessinées, La Revue Blanche, Paris, 03/19/1900 - 04/05/1900

Exposition Georges Seurat, 1859-1891, Galerie Bernheim Jeune, Paris, 12/14/1908 - 01/09/1909

Pictures and Drawings by Georges Seurat, Lefevre Galleries, 04/01/1926 - 05/31/1926

Les dessins de Georges Seurat, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 11/29/1926 - 12/24/1926

First Loan Exhibition: Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, van Gogh, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 11/01/1929 - 11/30/1929

Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969

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

Modern Art and Modernity, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

Body Image in French Art and Visual Culture (18th and 19th Centuries), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/23/2016 - 05/08/2016

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