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Young Woman powdering Herself
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Young Woman powdering Herself


Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

Oil on canvas

Depth: 7.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 91.5 cm ( frame ); Height: 107 cm ( frame ); Width: 79.5 cm ( canvas ); Height: 95.5 cm ( canvas );

Signed, bottom right & recto, on painted border, Seurat

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932

About this work
This painting is a striking demonstration of Seurat’s pointillist technique. The modulation of light and shadow on the wall is achieved with the use of small dots of pure colour juxtaposed in varying concentrations and intensity.

The young model depicted by Seurat was his mistress, Madeleine Knobloch, who bore him two sons. This painting thus takes on a very personal meaning. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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