Seurat made more than fifty oil studies and drawings for his second large-scale canvas, 'Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' (about 1884-6, Art Institute of Chicago).

This sketch, one of the earliest, would have been painted in the open air at La Grande Jatte, an island in the Seine immediately opposite the riverbank which the artist depicted in 'Bathers at Asnières'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1859 - 1891
Full title
Study for 'La Grande Jatte'
Date made
1884-5
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
16 x 25 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Heinz Berggruen, 1995
Inventory number
NG6556
Location in Gallery