From 1885 onwards, Seurat spent his summers at resorts along the coast of Northern France, from Grandcamp to Gravelines. There he produced tranquil seascapes, greatly contrasting with the lively city scenes.
Le chenal de Gravelines: direction de la mer, is part of a series of four paintings that Seurat produced in 1890 during his stay in Gravelines, between Calais and the Belgian border. The constantly changing light and shifting viewpoints in the paintings provide indications to assume that Seurat depicted the consecutive moments of the day in this series. The works can be seen as the various movements of a symphony that together – naturally supported by the use of colour and the mood it evokes – form a piece of music about the course of a day in this small seaport town.
For the first time in 20 years, the Kröller-Müller brings together the complete series of paintings from Gravelines.
Georges Seurat, Le chenal de Gravelines: direction de la mer, 1890, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo