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Seurat uses the forms in the landscape – houses, walls and trees – to provide a composition made up of strong horizontals and verticals, right angles and diagonals. Like Seurat's 'The Riverbanks', this small oil sketch was probably painted outside, directly in front of the motif, using a hand-held painting box (une boîte à pouce). Seurat uses criss-crossing brushstrokes to create a texture which helps unify the whole picture surface.
oil on panel
H 15.6 x W 25.1 cm
bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944