Mme Léon Roussel, Paris (by descent from the above)
Private Collection, Paris (sold: Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 22nd June 1988, lot 3)
Private Collection, Paris (purchased at the above sale)
Acquired by the present owner in 2010
Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Seurat at Gravelines: The Last Landscapes, 1990, no. 8, illustrated in the catalogue
Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais & New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seurat, 1991-92, no. 222 (in Paris); no. 224 (in New York), illustrated in the catalogue (titled Un Soir, dessin pour 'Gravelines: un soir')
Joseph-Emile Muller, Seurat, dessins, Paris, 1960, illustrated p. 35 (titled Le Chenal de Gravelines)
César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son œuvre, Paris, 1961, vol. II, no. 696, illustrated p. 289 (titled Un Soir, Port-en-Bessin)
Robert L. Herbert, Seurat's Drawings, New York, 1962, pl. 135, illustrated p. 155
André Chastel & Fiorella Minervino, Tout l'œuvre peint de Seurat, Paris, 1973, no. D71, illustrated p. 110 (titled Crépuscule, étude pour 'Gravelines, un soir')
Richard Thomson, Seurat, Oxford, 1985, mentioned p. 173
Michael F. Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Antwerp, 1991, no. 590, illustrated p. 439
The present composition, a beautiful example of Seurat’s mastery of the Conté crayon medium, is framed by the vertical line of the signalling mast on the left and the gentle curve of the mole in the foreground. The quay running horizontally across the sheet separates the Aa estuary and the expanse of the sea, with the houses of Grand-Fort-Philippe seen behind it. Robert L. Herbert wrote about the present work: ‘this composition appears as the most satisfyingly complete of the Gravelines drawings. Its sky bears the delicate lines and rubbings of Seurat’s late drawings, which here seem appropriate to the pervasive light of the flattened-out Channel coast’ (R. L. Herbert in Seurat (exhibition catalogue), op. cit., 1991-92, p. 357).
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