Seated Woman with a Parasol (study for "La Grande Jatte")

Georges Seurat1884/85

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, United States

During 1884 and 1885, Georges Seurat was hard at work on the most ambitious painting of his career, “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884,” now a centerpiece of the Art Institute’s collection of nineteenth-century French painting. The artist’s genesis of this large canvas involved many preparatory studies, which fall primarily into two groups: small compositional sketches and color studies on wooden panels, and nuanced Conté crayon drawings that explore both the empty landscape and the shapes of specific figures or figural groups. In this contemplative drawing, Seurat developed the expressive contours of the seated female figure holding a parasol that would ultimately occupy the center of the finished painting.


  • Title: Seated Woman with a Parasol (study for "La Grande Jatte")
  • Creator: Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891)
  • Creator Lifespan: 1859/1891
  • Date Created: 1884/85
  • Physical Dimensions: 477 × 315 mm
  • Type: Drawing and Watercolor
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Drawing and Watercolor
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1999.7
  • Artist: Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891)

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