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Seated Nude: Study for 'Une Baignade' 1883

Not on display

Seurat was an inspired draughtsman. He frequently used conte crayon and made full use of the subtle tones which the medium allowed, as well as exploiting the rough texture of his chosen 'Ingres' brand of paper. This study of the seated nude youth was made from a life model in Seurat's studio. He used it for the central figure in his monumental painting of 'The Bathers, Asnières' (The National Gallery, London). The stillness of the pose was carried over into the painting, where the youth sits languidly on the river bank, cooling his feet in the water.

Glossary Open

Conté crayon

A drawing tool made from a mixture of graphite and clay. It was invented in the late 18th century by Nicolas-Jacques Conté as an alternative to charcoal.


The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.

Conté crayon, Draughtsmanship


  • Acc. No. D 5110
  • Medium Conte crayon on cream paper
  • Size 31.70 x 24.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased by Private Treaty 1982