Lot 108: GEORGES SEURAT Torse d'homme, vu de dos.
March 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Torse d'homme, vu de dos.
Lithograph on cream wove paper, circa 1890. 262x202 mm; 10 1/4x8 inches, full margins. A superb, richly-inked impression of this extremely scarce lithograph.
Seurat's (1859-1891) only known lithograph, likely made by transferring one of his crayon drawings to a lithographic stone.
We have found only one other impression at auction in the past 30 years; formerly in the collection of the Parisian art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard and subsequently the collection of Henri M. Petiet (who acquired the bulk of Vollard's collection and published inventory); sold at Piasa, Paris, December 4, 2014, lot 207.
According to a pencil inscription on the other impression, this subject was printed in a small edition of approximately only 12 impressions for Harry Clemens Ulrich Kessler (1868-1937), an Anglo-German aristocrat, diplomat and patron of the arts.
The current impression was formerly in the collection of the artist Maximilien Luce (1858-1941, see lots 109 and 110), a friend and colleague of Seurat, and later also in the Henri M. Petiet collection.