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Painted in about 1881 in the forest of Fontainebleau, this is one of the earliest surviving oils by Georges Seurat. Before his well known 'Bathers at Asnières' (National Gallery, London), many of Seurat's paintings were small oils which he called croquetons (little sketches). He often painted these on cigar box lids which measured 16 x 24 cm, were easily transportable, required no special treatment, and the colour of the wood provided an ideal ground for his landscapes.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on panel
H 15.2 x W 24.8 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and donations from Bristol citizens, 1963