On display in the second room of our Degas to Picasso exhibition is this late drawing by Georges Seurat, who died on this day in 1891.
Seurat is best known as the creator of the so-called ‘pointillist’ painting technique, which emerged in the 1880s, based on scientific research on colour theory.
Like Degas and Ingres before him, Seurat had received a traditional academic art education and strongly believed in the importance and power of drawing. Here, using Conté crayon, he observes the stooping gait of an elderly man, using the texture of the paper and varying degrees of pressure to create tonal effects of dark and light.
Degas to Picasso is open until 7 May and booking is strongly recommended.