Getty Museum acquires Georges Seurat's 'Indian Beggar,' a key work in his career

"Indian Beggar," a painting by Georges Seurat that has been acquired by the Getty Museum.
"Indian Beggar," a painting by Georges Seurat that has been acquired by the Getty Museum. Georges Seurat/Getty Museum

"Indian Beggar," the stunning drawing that marked a key turning point in the career of French Impressionist Georges Seurat is joining the J. Paul Getty Museum's permanent collection.

The Los Angeles institution recently acquired the work at auction for $4 million. It came from the private collection of prominent art dealer Jan Krugier.

Created in the late 1870s, when Seurat was about 20 years old, it represents the beginning of the artist's distinctive use of light and dark shadings that would distinguish his work.

The museum's director, Timothy Potts, says placing it with other Seurat works in the Getty collection will allow for a more complete examination of the artist's career.

Getty officials said Friday they will determine sometime in the future when it will go on display.

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