The importance of drawing in the work of famous French Neo-Impressionist Georges Seurat (1859-1891), founder of Pointillism, has been overshadowed by his paintings. However, his drawings were held in high esteem by his artist peers, such as Maximilien Luce, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Signac and later by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Bridget Riley, and, perhaps surprisingly, even Richard Serra.
Both Seurat and Serra are captivated by materials. Seurat would use Michallet paper and Conté pencils with which he was able to create a variety of tones ranging from the opaquest black to the most transparent white. Meanwhile, Serra draws on handmade Japanese paper, the fibers of which cause “accidents” throughout the manufacturing process, resulting in each sheet being unique.
The exhibition features a selection of 22 rarely seen drawings by Seurat in dialogue with those of Serra. Serra’s recent series Ramble Drawings, begun in 2015, is also on show for the first time.
Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Georges Seurat – Tree Trunks reflected on the Water (Homage to Stéphane Mallarmé), ca. 1883/84
Conté crayón on paper, 22.7 x 31 cm, Villa Flora, Winterthur; permanent loan to Hahnloser/Jaeggli Foundation, Winterthur.