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Key Works: Paul Signac

In the late 1880s, Paul Signac co-developed Pointillism in France as a reaction to both the popular Impressionist movement and nascent theories surrounding optics and the human eye. Signac transformed the rapid, visible brushstrokes of his Impressionistic teeange works into small, controlled portions of color that similarly denoted light, but in a wildly different way. Signac’s highly stylized paintings magically divide shapes by color while including almost the entire rainbow in each shape. Always innovating and learning from his own practice, Signac’s later works abandon the controlled Pointallist method in favor of looser brushstrokes that abstracted his forms. His inventive separation of color from an object’s true-to-life image were significantly influential to the Modernist and abstract artists the West would see a few decades later.

Works

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Entrance to the Port of MarseillePaul Signac, 1918
Entrance to the Port of Marseille
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The Chateau des Papes, AvignonPaul Signac, 1900
The Chateau des Papes, Avignon
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Antibes, EveningPaul Signac, 1914
Antibes, Evening
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Notre-DamePaul Signac, 1925
Notre-Dame
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Sailing Boats in St. Tropez HarbourPaul Signac, 1893
Sailing Boats in St. Tropez Harbour
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The Dining RoomPaul Signac, c. 1886–1887
The Dining Room
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Antibes, the Pink CloudPaul Signac, 1916
Antibes, the Pink Cloud
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Woman with a ParasolPaul Signac, 1893
Woman with a Parasol
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Portrait of Felix FeneonPaul Signac, 1890
Portrait of Felix Feneon
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The River Bank, Petit-AndelyPaul Signac, 1886
The River Bank, Petit-Andely