Young Woman Powdering Herself (Seurat)

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Jeune femme se poudrant
Young Woman Powdering Herself Georges Seurat.jpg
ArtistGeorges Seurat
TypeOil paint on canvas
Dimensions95.5 by 79.5 centimetres (37.6 in × 31.3 in)
LocationCourtauld Gallery, London

Jeune femme se poudrant (Young Woman Powdering Herself) is a circa 1889-90 painting by French painter Georges Seurat.[1] The work depicts his mistress Madeleine Knobloch.[2]

Seurat kept his relationship with artist's model Knobloch secret.[3] His relationship to the sitter was concealed when it was exhibited in 1890.[2]

Before the painting was publicly shown, it is believed that the frame on the wall depicted a mirror[4] or a self-portrait,[2] showing Seurat himself. On the advice of a friend, Seurat painted it over.[2][3]

The painting is currently in the collection of the Courtauld Gallery.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Young Woman powdering Herself". Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Jonathan Jones (24 March 2001). "Portrait of the week no. 50 - Young Woman Powdering Herself, Georges-Pierre Seurat (c. 1890)". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b Leslie, Tim (4 July 2014). "Before and after: X-ray paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh to reveal their surprising stories". ABC News (Australia). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  4. ^ Alberge, Dalya (28 March 2014). "Georges Seurat's secret self-portrait sees light of day". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 July 2014.