Browse by Title

Title: : 1 of 1

The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy, c. 1882

Georges-Pierre Seurat

French, 1859-1891
Oil on canvas
14-3/4 x 17-7/8 in. (37.5 x 45.4 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

Seurat is today best remembered as the inventor of Neo-Impressionism, a famous technique that used tiny dabs of contrasting color to create continuous images. This study—one of eight he devoted to the punishing labor of stone breakers—precedes Seurat’s revolutionary new manner by several years but already indicates his departure from the high Impressionist style. Picked out with short strokes of contrasting color, a pile of stones at the center of the composition appears convincingly pulverized, broken down from masses into particles, from form into color.

View Provenance

Audio Listen to an excerpt from the audio tour


Title: : 1 of 1