On numerous occasions, the importance of drawing in the works of Georges Seurat (b. 1859; d. 1891) has been overshadowed by his painting work. Nonetheless, for certain historians, art critics, and artists, such as Richard Serra (b. 1938), the drawings of this French creator just might be the most prominent component of his work. Drawing preceeded painting in Seurat’s work, as is the case of many other artists. However, in his case, it was a practice that he continued throughout his brief career, and which only on select occasions served as a sketch based on which he created his paintings. This collection will present the challenging way in which Seurat used the drawing techniques he had learned, and in particular, his use of the material aspects of the media he used in his practice—such as Michallet paper and conté crayons—, with which he was able to create a variety of tones ranging from the opaquest black to the most transparent light. Seurat’s unique technique won him many fans and currently continues to interest artists such as Richard Serra, for whom drawing is also more than a simple outline for creating his sculptures, as he believes it constitutes an activity in itself and “an ongoing concern, with its own concomitant and inherent problems.” The exhibition will also include the Ramble Drawings, a series that Richard Serra began in 2015 where the matter of the oil-based crayon emphasizes the artist’s interest in process, weight, and gravity.
Tree Trunks reflected on the Water (Homage to Stéphane Mallarmé), ca. 1883/84
Conté crayón on paper
22.7 x 31 cm
Villa Flora, Winterthur; permanent loan to Hahnloser/Jaeggli Foundaion, Winterthur.