Harbour of Saint-Tropez, 1894

Paul Signac (1863-1935)

  • Lithograph, 44 x 32,7 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Paul Signac is mainly known as the follower and friend of Georges Seurat, the ‘father’ of Neo-Impressionism (also known as Pointillism). Signac first spent a number of years working in an impressionist style before throwing himself into the new pointillist technique around 1886. This colour lithograph is a fine example of the technique: the entire work has been stippled with small dots of pure colour which pointillist theory claimed would merge to form the picture when viewed at a distance.

In 1886 Signac met Vincent van Gogh in Paris and the two artists became friends. Through Signac Van Gogh came into contact with Neo-Impressionism. The influence of this style on Van Gogh can be seen in such paintings as Garden with courting couples: Square Saint-Pierre, 1887.

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