Georges-Pierre Seurat was only 31 years old when he died in 1891. Everyone knows his 10 foot long pointillist masterpiece, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which took him two years to complete. He apparently made over 60 studies for this painting. It is now hanging in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago .
He also did many drawings during the last ten years of his life. He used conte crayon on hand-made French paper and the effects he obtained are unique and quite beautiful. He loved to draw the theater and you can see a pierrot dancing in the top image. These drawings are the focus of a new show at MOMA that recently opened Oct 28, 2007-Jan 7, 2008. You can purchase the exhibition catalogue here. And here is a link to the
Seurat Drawings online exhibit at MOMA. It's worth a trip to NYC.