Paul Signac (176)

Paul Victor Jules Signac (11 November 1863 – 15 August 1935) was a French Neo-Impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the Pointillist style. Paul Signac was born in Paris on 11 November 1863. When he was 18, Signac gave up the study of architecture for painting after attending an exhibit of Monet's work, and, through Armand Guillaumin, became a convert to the colouristic principles of Impressionism.

In 1884 he met Claude Monet and Georges Seurat. He was struck by the systematic working methods of Seurat and by his theory of colors and he became Seurat's faithful supporter, friend, and heir with his description of Neo-Impressionism and Divisionism method. Under Seurat's influence he abandoned the short brushstrokes of Impressionism to experiment with scientifically-juxtaposed small dots of pure color, intended to combine and blend not on the canvas, but in the viewer's eye, the defining feature of Pointillism.

He sailed on the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean coast is a major theme across Signac's paintings. Signac traveled widely along the European coast, painting the landscapes he encountered. In later years, he also painted a series of watercolors of French harbor cities. He left the capital each summer, to stay in the south of France in the village of Collioure or at St. Tropez, where he bought a house and invited his friends.

Paul Signac, Albert Dubois-Pillet, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat were among the founders of the Société des Artistes Indépendants. The association began in Paris 29 July 1884 with the organization of massive exhibitions, embracing as their motto, "Neither jury nor awards" (Sans jury ni récompense). "The purpose of Société des Artistes Indépendants—based on the principle of abolishing admission jury—is to allow the artists to present their works to public judgement with complete freedom". For the following three decades their annual exhibitions flourished and set the trends in art of the early twentieth century.

Signac and Seurat went on to develop the method they called pointillism, which became the basis of Neo-Impressionism. They continued to apply pigment in minute dabs of pure colour, as had the Impressionists, but they adopted an exact, almost scientific system of applying the dots, instead of the somewhat intuitive application of the earlier masters. In watercolours Signac used the principle in a much freer manner. After 1886 he took part regularly in the annual Salon des Indépendants, to which he sent landscapes, seascapes, and decorative panels.

The Neo-Impressionists influenced the next generation: Signac inspired Henri Matisse and André Derain in particular, thus playing a decisive role in the evolution of Fauvism. Signac himself did not admire the style when it first appeared.

Having prospered well, his financial support of the arts was considerable. As donations, he sent regular cheques and made a gift of his works for five lotteries between 1895 and 1912. Signac's 1893 painting, In the Time of Harmony originally was entitled, In the Time of Anarchy, but political repression targeting the anarchists in France at this time forced him to change the title before the work could be accepted by a gallery.

Paul Signac died from sepsis in Paris on 15 August 1935 at the age of 71. His body was cremated and was interred three days later, on 18 August, at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Paul Signac’s Cassis. Cap Canaille sold for $ 14,041,000 on 2007 at a Christies auction and Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez) (1892), was sold at a Christies auction for a the hammer price of $22.4 million.

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The Papal Palace, Avignon, 1909

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Port Of Saint-Tropez

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Place Des Lices, St. Tropez

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Golfe Juan

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Bonaventure Pine

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Port D'antibes

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Saint-Tropez, Fontaine Des Lices

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Capo Di Noli

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Port Au Soleil Couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220 (Allegro Maestoso)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Setting Sun. Sardine Fishing. Adagio. Opus 221

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Cassis, Cap Lombard, Opus 196

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Cap Canaille, Cassis, Opus 200

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Port Of Saint-Cast

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Maisons Du Port, Saint

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

Antibes (La Pinède)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Pine Tree At Saint Tropez

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Sainte-Anne (Saint-Tropez)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Pin De Bertaud

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Red Buoy

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Tartans With Flags. Opus 240. 1893

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

Morning Calm, Concarneau, Opus 219

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

An Cove In Saint-Tropez

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Antibes, The Pink Cloud

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Grand Canal (Venice)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Corne D'or, Les Minarets

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Passe De Marseille

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Comblat-Le-Château, The Meadow (Le Pré), Opus 161

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Comblat-Le-Château. La Vallée

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

Arrière Du Tub

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

The Storm, Saint

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

Almond Trees In Bloom

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Femme À L'ombrelle

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Sunday

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 299

Women At The Well 1892

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

The Demolisher

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 379

Gate-(Saint-Tropez)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 309

Portrait De Félix Fénéon

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Breakfast

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Samois, Etude No. 6

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 339

Samois, Study No. 10

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 339

The Lighthouse. Saint Tropez, 1895

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Corne D'or, Constantinople

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Terrasse De Meudon

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Sentier De La Douane, Saint-Tropez

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Les Allées, Cannes

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Saint Tropez. The Calanque, 1906

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Venise, La Salute Vert

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Samois, La Berge, Matin

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Collioure, The Belltower, Opus 164, 1887

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

Comblat Castle

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 359

Portrieux. La Comtesse (Opus No. 191)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 359

The Jetty At Cassis, Opus 198

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

Portrieux, The Swell, 1888

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 359

The Port Of Pontrieux

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

The Town Beach, Collioure, Opus 165

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Bassin À Flots Saint-Malo

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

Blessing Of The Tuna Fleet At Groix

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Concarneau Sardine Boat And The Old City

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Gasometers At Clichy

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Les Deux Cyprès, Opus 241 (Mistral)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Saint Tropez After The Storm, 1895

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Sunset, 1889

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 369

The Bell Tower Of Saint-Tropez

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Terrace, Saint-Tropez

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Antibes - Morning

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

Antibes Le Soir

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Antibes, Die Türme

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Antibes, Ranek

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

Arc-En-Ciel, La Rochelle, Le Port

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 349

Auxerre, La Rivière

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 359

Barfleur

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Boats At Anchor In Locmalo, 1922

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Brick Italien Devant Agay

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

Cherbourg. Fort Du Roule

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Clipper

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

Entrée Du Port De La Rochelle

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Les Bricks-Goélettes. Antibes

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Notre Dame De La Garde (The Good Mother)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 339

Venice, The Pink Cloud, 1909

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Green Sail, Venice

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Lagoon Of Saint Mark, Venice

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Voiles Dans La Brume. Canal De La Giudecca

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Port De La Rochelle

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Corne D'or. Le Pont

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Corne D'or. La Suleimanie

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 319

The Golden Horn, Morning

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Dogana (Venise)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Musior (Port D'antibes)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Venise, La Douane De Mer

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Thonier Entrant À La Rochelle (Couchant)

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Rochelle, The Flood Basin

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

La Rochelle. La Tour Des Quatre Sergents. L'épi

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

The Port Of Rotterdam

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Bateau D'oranges, Marseille

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Le Phare D'antibes

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Harbour At Marseilles

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

L'odet À Quimper

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 339

La Dogana, Venise

By Paul Signac
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AU$ 329

Paul Signac (176)

Paul Victor Jules Signac (11 November 1863 – 15 August 1935) was a French Neo-Impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the Pointillist style. Paul Signac was born in Paris on 11 November 1863. When he was 18, Signac gave up the study of architecture for painting after attending an exhibit of Monet's work, and, through Armand Guillaumin, became a convert to the colouristic principles of Impressionism.

In 1884 he met Claude Monet and Georges Seurat. He was struck by the systematic working methods of Seurat and by his theory of colors and he became Seurat's faithful supporter, friend, and heir with his description of Neo-Impressionism and Divisionism method. Under Seurat's influence he abandoned the short brushstrokes of Impressionism to experiment with scientifically-juxtaposed small dots of pure color, intended to combine and blend not on the canvas, but in the viewer's eye, the defining feature of Pointillism.

He sailed on the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean coast is a major theme across Signac's paintings. Signac traveled widely along the European coast, painting the landscapes he encountered. In later years, he also painted a series of watercolors of French harbor cities. He left the capital each summer, to stay in the south of France in the village of Collioure or at St. Tropez, where he bought a house and invited his friends.

Paul Signac, Albert Dubois-Pillet, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat were among the founders of the Société des Artistes Indépendants. The association began in Paris 29 July 1884 with the organization of massive exhibitions, embracing as their motto, "Neither jury nor awards" (Sans jury ni récompense). "The purpose of Société des Artistes Indépendants—based on the principle of abolishing admission jury—is to allow the artists to present their works to public judgement with complete freedom". For the following three decades their annual exhibitions flourished and set the trends in art of the early twentieth century.

Signac and Seurat went on to develop the method they called pointillism, which became the basis of Neo-Impressionism. They continued to apply pigment in minute dabs of pure colour, as had the Impressionists, but they adopted an exact, almost scientific system of applying the dots, instead of the somewhat intuitive application of the earlier masters. In watercolours Signac used the principle in a much freer manner. After 1886 he took part regularly in the annual Salon des Indépendants, to which he sent landscapes, seascapes, and decorative panels.

The Neo-Impressionists influenced the next generation: Signac inspired Henri Matisse and André Derain in particular, thus playing a decisive role in the evolution of Fauvism. Signac himself did not admire the style when it first appeared.

Having prospered well, his financial support of the arts was considerable. As donations, he sent regular cheques and made a gift of his works for five lotteries between 1895 and 1912. Signac's 1893 painting, In the Time of Harmony originally was entitled, In the Time of Anarchy, but political repression targeting the anarchists in France at this time forced him to change the title before the work could be accepted by a gallery.

Paul Signac died from sepsis in Paris on 15 August 1935 at the age of 71. His body was cremated and was interred three days later, on 18 August, at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Paul Signac’s Cassis. Cap Canaille sold for $ 14,041,000 on 2007 at a Christies auction and Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez) (1892), was sold at a Christies auction for a the hammer price of $22.4 million.

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