The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Marina Ferretti.
Our Signac depicts the seaport town of Cherbourg in northwestern France. A beautiful example of Signac’s late work, it features sailboats, one of his favorite subjects. Multi-level buildings in the background hint at the bustling port city, but the soft palatte andgentle lines render the painting a feeling of calm quietude. The soft blue sky peeks out under fluffy clouds, and the sailboats reflections highlight the water rippling from the wind.
Signature: P. Signac Cherbourg, 15 Sept 31
Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London 28 June 1978
Private collection, USA
About Paul Signac
A celebrated Post-Impressionist and Divisionist painter, Paul Signac is known for his luminous depiction of subjects ranging from cabaret performers to seascapes. Signac is famous for his use of Divisionism (the central practice of Neo-Impressionism), a rigorous method invented in 1884 by his close friend Georges Seurat, in which colors are applied to the canvas separately in dots or dabs, blended later through the viewer’s own visual process—a technique Signac exploited to particularly radiant effect. Before the advent of Divisionism, Signac’s style more closely resembled the Impressionism of Camille Pisarro and Claude Monet, the latter’s work significantly influencing Signac in his early career. Signac’s bold sense of color would in turn be an inspiration to the Fauvists André Derain and Henri Matisse, as well as Vincent Van Gogh, whom he counted among his friends.
French, 1863-1935, Paris, France, based in Paris, France