Georges Seurat - Man Painting his Boat 1883

Man Painting his Boat 1883
Man Painting his Boat
1883 13x21cm oil/canvas
Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

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Johannes Vermeer - The Girl with a Pearl Earring 1665. It is not a portrait, but a ‘tronie’ – a painting of an imaginary figure. Tronies depict a certain type or character; in this case a girl in exotic dress, wearing an oriental turban and an improbably large pearl in her ear.

From Courtauld Institute of Art:
This swiftly-painted river scene shows the young Seurat engaging with the mid-nineteenth tradition of open-air oil painting favoured by the Impressionists. Although Seurat admired these artists, this sketch, with its controlled criss-crossed brushwork, already shows him moving beyond their technical innovations.
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