The French painter and graphic artist Paul Signac actually wanted to become a writer, but decided to take up painting after seeing Claude Monet’s first impressionist paintings. Signac did not attend art college, he taught himself through many hours of sketching and experimentation. The encounter with Georges Seurat in …

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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.

High auction record
£19.5m, Christie's, 2019
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2021
Simon Studer Art at Kunsttage Basel 2021Simon Studer Art
2017
Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their ContemporariesGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
2016
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern ArtThe National Gallery, London
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The dining room, Opus 152, 1886/1887

Oil on canvas
35 × 45 7/10 in
89 × 116 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Otterlo
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The French painter and graphic artist Paul Signac actually wanted to become a writer, but decided …

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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.

High auction record
£19.5m, Christie's, 2019
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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