One of the truly great paintings of the 19th-century, Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres, completed when the artist was only 25 (he was to die at 32), is here shown for the very first time in the context of Seurat's early work and preparatory sketches, together with several studies for The Bathers' pointillist Seine-side companion-piece, La Grande Jatte. Some 30 other related works by such predecessors and contemporaries as Poussin, Ingres, Van Gogh and Signac are also included.
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