FROM GOYA TO PICASSO: WORKS FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JAN KRUGIER
The present work was executed during the later years of Seurat’s education under Justin Lequien. However, the body of the mendiant is decidedly not that of an antique sculpture. Folds of skin ripple down his chest and his ascetic shoulders droop over his heavy arms. Seurat’s deft handling of shadow finely articulates the wilting muscles of the aging man. The present work emerges from Seurat’s early practice of extremely precise draughtsmanship, but the vitality which imbues the work is original and powerful. Mendiant Hindou is remarkable for marking the very start of Seurat’s formidable departure from his early classical style and without doubt counts among the most exquisite drawings of the artist’s entire oeuvre.
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