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  • Paul Signac - Saint-Briac, Courtyard of the Ville Hue
  • Paul Signac - Haghia Sophia, Istanbul
  • Paul Signac - Portrait of Félix Fénéon
  • Paul Signac - Study for Venice, Morning
  • Paul Signac - Lighthouse Groix
  • Paul Signac - The Railway at Bois-Colombes
  • Paul Signac - The Haystack
  • Paul Signac - Le Demolisseur
  • Paul Signac - Harbor with Sailboat, Tugboat, and Barge , Circa 1920
  • Paul Signac - Alfalfa Fields, Saint-Denis
  • Paul Signac - Houses in the Port, Saint-Tropez, Opus 237
  • Paul Signac - La Rochelle, the Quartermaster's Tower
  • Paul Signac - Leaving the Port of Saint-Tropez
  • Paul Signac - Rue Caulaincourt, Mills on Montmarte
  • Paul Signac - Gasometers at Clichy
  • Paul Signac - The Papal Palace, Avignon
  • Paul Signac - Breeze, Concarneau
  • Paul Signac - Cap Canaille, Cassis
  • Paul Signac - Fecamp, Sunshine
  • Paul Signac - Garden at Asnieres
  • Paul Signac - The Port of Saint-Tropez
  • Paul Signac - The River Bank, Petit-Andely
  • Paul Signac - Woman with a Parasol
  • Paul Signac - Harbour at Marseilles
  • Paul Signac - Port St Tropez
  • Paul Signac - The Red Buoy
  • Paul Signac - An Afternoon at La Grande Jatte
  • Paul Signac - Square of the Hotel de Ville in Aix-en-Provence
  • Paul Signac - Suspension Bridge in Les Andelys1
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 Paul Signac
Paul Signac was born in Paris. Signac was studying to be an architect up until he saw an exhibit of the works of Claude Monet. It was from that moment on that he devoted his life to painting. Besides Monet, Signac was very taken with the works of Georges Seurat. It was his style that Signac took to and followed. Pointillism was an artistic style originally begun by Seurat. Unhappy with Impressionism and Post Impressionism styles, Signac, followed by Seurat, took the loose brushwork and play of light and brought it one step further. Instead of the sweeping brush strokes that make up most of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from the time, Pointillism uses individual dots of paint from a fine brush to construct objects and settings. There is none of the broad batches of color found in earlier or later works, just individual specs of paint that when looked at from afar construct a beautiful painting with vivid colors.
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Paul Signac (November 11, 1863 – August 15, 1935) was a French neo-impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the pointillist style.


Breakfast, 1886-1887, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The NetherlandsPaul Victor Jules Signac was born in Paris on November 11, 1863. He followed a course of training in architecture before deciding at the age of 18 to pursue a career as a painter. He sailed around the coasts of Europe, painting the landscapes he encountered. He also painted scenes of cities in France in his later years.

In 1884 he met Claude Monet and Georges Seurat. He was struck by the systematic working methods of Seurat and by his theory of colours and became Seurat's faithful supporter. Under his influence he abandoned the short brushstrokes of impressionism to experiment with scientifically juxtaposed small dots of pure colour, intended to combine and blend not on the canvas but in the viewer's eye, the defining feature of pointillism.

Many of Signac's paintings are of the French coast. He loved to paint the water. 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. In March 1889, he visited Vincent van Gogh at Arles. The next year he made a short trip to Italy, seeing Genoa, Florence, and Naples.

The Port of Saint-Tropez, oil on canvas, 1901, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, JapanSignac loved sailing and began to travel in 1892, sailing a small boat to almost all the ports of France, to Holland, and around the Mediterranean as far as Constantinople, basing his boat at St. Tropez, which he "discovered". From his various ports of call, Signac brought back vibrant, colourful watercolors, sketched rapidly from nature. From these sketches, he painted large studio canvases that are carefully worked out in small, mosaic-like squares of color, quite different from the tiny, variegated dots previously used by Seurat.

Signac himself experimented with various media. As well as oil paintings and watercolours he made etchings, lithographs, and many pen-and-ink sketches composed of small, laborious dots. 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.

As president of the Société des Artistes Indépendants from 1908 until his death, Signac encouraged younger artists (he was the first to buy a painting by Matisse) by exhibiting the controversial works of the Fauves and the Cubists.

Private life

On November 7, 1892 Signac married Berthe Roblès at the town hall of the 18th district in Paris; witnesses at the wedding were Alexandre Lemonier, Maximilien Luce, Camille Pissarro and Georges Lecomte.

In November 1897, the Signacs moved to a new apartment in the Castel Béranger, built by Hector Guimard, and a little later, in December of the same year, acquired a house in Saint-Tropez called La Hune; there the painter had a vast studio constructed, which he inaugurated on August 16, 1898.

In September 1913, Signac rented a house at Antibes, where he settled with Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange, who gave birth to their daughter Ginette on October 2, 1913. In the meantime Signac had left La Hune as well as the Castel Beranger apartment to Berthe: they remained friends for the rest of his life.

On April 6, 1927, Signac adopted Ginette, his previously illegitimate daughter.

At the age of seventy-two, Paul Signac died on August 15, 1935 in Paris from septicemia. His body was cremated and, three days later, August 18, buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

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Paul Signac (Paris, 11 novembre 1863 - id., 15 août 1935) , est un artiste-peintre français paysagiste qui donna naissance au pointillisme avec le peintre Seurat. Il a aussi mis au point la technique du divisionnisme. Cofondateur avec Seurat de la Société des Artistes Indépendants dont il fut Président. Biographie Fils de commerçants, Signac commen...
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