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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1993.231
People
Georges Pierre Seurat, French (Paris 1859 - 1891 Paris)
Title
Hat, Shoes and Undergarments (Study for "Une baignade, Asnières)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1883-1884
Culture
French
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/312067
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black chalk on off-white modern laid paper
Dimensions
23.6 x 30.9 cm (9 5/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
frame: 38.7 × 48.9 cm (15 1/4 × 19 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: MICHAELLET
Provenance
Emile Seurat. Félix Fénéon. [Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, by 1940]. [Cesar de Hauke of Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, NY]. [Buchholz Gallery, Curt Valentin, New York, NY, by 1948]. [2] Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, CT, circa 1948, [3] gift; to Harvard University Art Museum, 1993.

Notes:
[1] The drawing was confiscated in France by the ERR during the German occupation and was likely returned to Seligmann at the end of the war. See ERR inventory no. Sel. 114 [https://errproject.org/jeudepaume/card_view.php?CardId=12591]. The drawing was in the possession of the German embassy in Paris by summer 1940 and returned to France on October 17, 1945. It was included in the exhibition Les Chefs d'oeuvre des collections privées françaises retrouvés en Allemagne par la Commission de récupération artistique et les services alliés from June – August 1946 as no. 155. The drawing is listed in the 1942-1943 stock catalogs of Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York (see Archives of American Art Jacques Seligmann & Co. records Stock Catalogs, New York Office, Box 282, Folder 6). The drawing is part of a list of drawings in a draft of Seligmann’s book The Drawings of Georges Seurat (1947) (see AAA Jacques Seligman & co. records Box 446, Folder 9). The drawing has a “GS” next to it in the manuscript while the published version lists “private collection.”

[2] In “George Seurat” (Editions Albin Michel, Paris, 1948), John Rewald lists the drawing as belonging to the Curt Valentin Collection, New York. A label, formerly on the back of the drawing’s frame from the Buchholz Gallery seems to confirm this provenance.

[3] Lois Orswell placed the drawing on deposit at the Fogg Art Museum from 1953 to 1955 (see Orswell catalogue pp. 372, 374). Orswell placed the work on long-term loan to the museum from 1969 to 1993.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
Accession Year
1993
Object Number
1993.231
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

John Rewald, Georges Seurat, Wittenborn & Co. (New York, NY, 1943), fig. 12

John Rewald, Georges Seurat, Wittenborn & Co. (New York, NY, 1946), fig. 12

Les chefs-d'oeuvre des collections privées françaises retrouvés en Allemagne par la Commission de récupération et les Services alliés, exh. cat., Orangerie (Paris, France, 1946), p. 61, cat no. 155

Germain Seligman, The Drawings of Georges Seurat, Curt Valentin (New York, NY, 1947), no. 4, pl. IV

John Rewald, Georges Seurat, Albin Michel (Paris, France, 1948), fig. 23

John Rewald, "Modern Fakes of Modern Pictures", Art News (March 1953), vol. 52, no. 1, repr. p. 21

César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son Oeuvre, Grund (Paris, France, 1961), p. 170, cat. no. 593

Robert L. Herbert, Georges Seurat, 1859-1891, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1991), p. 289 +291

Nicholas Wadley, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing, Dutton Studio Books, New York (New York, NY, 1991), p. 72, fig. 81

Michael F. Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Fonds Mercator (Antwerp, 1991), p. 160, fig. 300, repr.

John Leighton and Richard Thomson, Seurat and the Bathers, National Gallery Publications/Yale University Press (London, 1997), p. 64, repr.

James Cuno, ed., A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, Mass., Spring 2000), p. 66, repr.

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 204, fig. 166, pp. 58, 177, 371, 374, 381

Robert L. Herbert, Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte", exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago/University of California Press (Chicago, 2004), cat. no. 22, repr. (color), pp. 47, 273

Exhibition History

Les chefs-d'oeuvres des collections privées françaises rétrouvés en Allemagne, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 06/01/1946 - 08/31/1946

[Benefit exhibition for the Boston Arts Festival], Margaret Brown Gallery, Boston, 05/08/1956 - 05/29/1956

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings from 1480 to 1940, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/25/2000 - 07/02/2000

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003

Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 06/16/2004 - 09/19/2004

Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870–1910, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

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