Oil on board. Featuring a landscape scene. Signed Paul Signac on the lower right corner. Inscribed Paul Signac (1863-1935) and stamped Galerie Mathias Fels PARIS on verso. Attributed to Paul Signac (1863-1935, French). 20.5 x 45.5 cm (8 x 18 in)
Paul Signac (1863-1935) was a French painter noted for his pioneering of Neo-Impressionism. Inspired by the work of Impressionist artists Claude Monet and Georges Seurat, Signac abandoned his initial studies in architecture to pursue painting. He was particularly influenced by Seurat's complex studies of color theory, and began painting in a Pointillist style that was largely self-taught. Among his best-known works is the colorful The Port of Saint-Tropez (1901), a vivid rendering of the Mediterranean coast that exemplifies his signature brushwork. Over time, Signac’s approach transitioned from an intuitive interpretation of the outdoors to a more rigorous examination of paint properties, and he went on to co-found the notorious Société des Artistes Indépendants. A devout Anarchist, his paintings often contained coded ideology and influenced a younger generation of French artists, and played an instrumental role in the formative development of Henri Matisse and André Derain in the advent of Fauvism. Born on November 11, 1863 in Paris, France, Signac's impact on 20th-century painting was profound. His career spanned half a century until his death in Paris on August 15, 1935, and his works can be found among the world's most important cultural institutions, including the Louvre in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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