Market Porter (Fort de la halle) by Georges Seurat

The 1920s saw the growth of Seurat's reputation in Britain.

Details

Medium:
Black chalk
Dimensions:
31.4 x 23 cm
Acquired in:
1927

In 1927, the British Museum acquired this fine drawing from two anonymous donors via the Art Fund. This is one of three drawings of a market porter that Seurat made around 1882. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat and carrying a stick, the figure is executed in conté crayon on a coarsely textured rag paper. Enhancing the anonymity of the figure is the absence of any detail and his reduction to a silhouette (the artist's favourite device), which imbues the work with monolithic simplicity.

Provenance

Jacques Rodigues-Henriques, Jean Metthey, Emile Verhaeren.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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