press release

For the first time, the museum is showing the important and popular paintings by Georges Seurat (Paris 1859-Paris 1891) from its own collection, such as Le Chahut and the harbour views of the French Channel coast, in a broader context within the artist’s oeuvre and from a perspective that has never previously been examined in an exhibition: that of French symbolism. The views of Seurat’s symbolist contemporaries serve as the basis for the interpretation of the development and meaning of his work.

Seurat died at the early age of 31 and made some 50 paintings in his short career. The exhibition includes 23 of his paintings and 24 drawings. The 40 works on loan from museums and private collectors from all over the world make this the first time that Seurat’s painting and drawing oeuvre has been exhibited on such a large scale in the Netherlands. Even Le Cirque, the last work that Seurat painted, is coming to Otterlo. This masterpiece from the collection of Musée d’Orsay is loaned out very rarely.