Étude pour "Le Chahut" (Study for "Le Chahut")

Georges Seurat1889

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, New York, United States

“Study for Le Chahut” is the larger and later of two studies Georges Seurat executed for a final painting carrying the same title. From the point of view of the audience, we can see the interior of a dance hall where a chorus line of performers executes cancan-style choreography. This image is exemplary of a period in which Seurat almost exclusively depicted elements of the circus and Parisian cabaret acts. In contrast to “Study for La Grande Jatte,” 1884–85, made several years earlier, Seurat’s rhythmic application of color is used here to create movement—not stifle it. Infrared photographs of this painting reveal that Seurat initially drew a grid-like network of lines on the canvas. This allowed him to develop a carefully organized treatment of the composition. Seurat even continued his brushwork onto the dark border of the painting’s frame, using it as an integral aspect of the work.


  • Title: Étude pour "Le Chahut" (Study for "Le Chahut")
  • Creator: Georges Seurat
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Physical Dimensions: support: 21 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches (55.24 x 46.99 cm); framed (artist frame): 26 5/8 x 23 x 1 inches (67.63 x 58.42 x 2.54 cm); frame: 30 7/8 x 27 3/8 x 2 7/8 inches (78.42 x 69.53 x 7.3 cm)
  • Contributor: Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; General Purchase Funds, 1943 (1943:10)
  • Rights: The copyright status of this artwork is believed to be held in public domain. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is mindful of its responsibilities concerning the intellectual property rights of others, and works to protect images of artworks that are believed to be under copyright or to have other restrictions imposed by contract or policy. While the museum makes every effort to accurately determine the rights status of artworks and images of those artworks, the information provided may not be up to date. Any statement on the public domain status of a work is made by the museum in good faith. If you have any information on the rights status of a work contrary to or in addition to the information listed here, or if you are the copyright owner and believe the AK has not properly attributed your work or has used it without your authorization, please contact the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at digitalassets@albrightknox.org.
  • External Link: More information about the artwork is available here.
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Image Information: Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
  • Artist's Nationality: French
  • Artist's Death Year: 1891
  • Artist's Birth Year: 1859

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