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Signac – Reflections on Water

SignacPaul Signac was born in Paris in 1863. He had a privileged childhood although that was to change somewhat with the death of his father. The family had lived in Montmartre, which was a quarter famed for being the haunt of poets, writers and artists.

Signac’s family encouraged him to become an architect but the young man was entranced by the revolutionary new art he saw around him, and at the age of 18 set his heart on becoming a painter after attending a Monet exhibition.

Signac loved sailing, a hobby he took up while living in Paris. In 1892 he sailed a small boat to most French ports, to Rotterdam in Holland, to Venice, and around the Mediterranean to Turkey. He made expressive watercolours which later became large canvases. They were produced by painting small, mosaic-like squares of colour, a departure from the uniform dots made famous by other artists such as Georges Seurat who made such a profound and evident impression. Pointillism constructed paintings through little dots of pure colour best viewed from distance.

Signac – Reflections on Water offers a cross-section of over 140 works which show Paul Signac’s techniques and approach to his subjects. There are minimalist pencil sketches, bold pen and ink executions and more subtle colour harmonies. The artist was inspired by water with all its ever-changing textures, hues and movement, and this vibrant catalogue draws the reader, the viewer, into its artistic narrative. It takes us on a journey overseas, along meandering rivers, through bustling ports, and presents dream-like images of tranquil landscapes made more compelling by the brushstrokes of this iconic artist.

Signac – Reflections on Water
Publisher: Skira Editore; Reprint edition (28 Sept. 2017)
Price: £29.95
ISBN-10: 885-723403-7
ISBN-13: 978-885-723403-8

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