Tour at Two: Paul Signac

  • In 1885, Signac spent his summer at Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, a commune on the coast of Brittany. It was there that he painted this work. His careful depiction of the landscape has allowed art historians to identify the exact location of his vantage point overlooking the harbor of Saint-Briac where the mouth of the Frémur River enters into the English Channel.
  • Signac loved spending time at the sea and was particularly fond of sailing; according to his records he owned more than thirty sailboats!
  • While Neo-Impressionism was never a movement made up of artists who were working in a uniform style, Signac was undoubtedly the figure who fostered a sense of unity between the artists to whom the term has been ascribed. After Seurat died, Signac was the one who held the group of like-minded artists together and promoted the work of the artists who would become known as Neo-Impressionists. During his lifetime and in avant garde circles, Signac was someone who knew everybody and was well-liked.

Paul Signac, St. Briac, The Cross of the Seamen, 1885; Oil on canvas; Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon, 1975.14 1.

  • En 1885, Signac pasó el verano en Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, una comuna en la costa de Bretaña. Fue allí donde pintó esta obra. Su descripción cuidadosa del paisaje ha permitido a los historiadores de arte identificar la ubicación exacta de su vista al puerto de Saint-Briac, donde la desembocadura del río Frémur entra en el Canal de la Mancha.
  • Signac amaba pasar tiempo en el mar y era particularmente aficionado a navegar; Según sus registros, poseía más de treinta veleros!
  • Mientras que el neoimpresionismo nunca fue un movimiento formado por artistas que trabajaban con un estilo uniforme, Signac fue sin duda la figura que fomentó un sentido de unidad entre los artistas a quienes se les atribuyó el término. Después de la muerte de Seurat, Signac fue quien mantuvo unido al grupo de artistas de ideas afines y promovió el trabajo de los artistas que se conocerían como neoimpresionistas. Durante su vida y en círculos de vanguardia, Signac era alguien que conocía a todos y era muy querido.

Paul Signac, San Briac, The Cross of the Seamen, 1885; Óleo sobre lienzo; Legado del Sr. y la Sra. Hugo N. Dixon, 1975.14 1.

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