Signac, 1863-1935

Signac, 1863-1935

by Paul Signac, Marina Bocquillon-Ferretti
     
 

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During his fifty-year career, the French Neoimpressionist artist Paul Signac produced powerful works in many media. This beautiful book, which examines various aspects of Signac�s career and reproduces in color some two hundred of his paintings, drawings, watercolors, and prints, is an unprecedented overview of his art and influence. The book traces Signac�s… See more details below

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During his fifty-year career, the French Neoimpressionist artist Paul Signac produced powerful works in many media. This beautiful book, which examines various aspects of Signac�s career and reproduces in color some two hundred of his paintings, drawings, watercolors, and prints, is an unprecedented overview of his art and influence. The book traces Signac�s artistic development, which began with the luminous plein air paintings he made in the early 1880s, continued with his explorations of color harmony, contrasts, and neoimpressionist technique made in close association with Georges Seurat, and culminated with the scintillating works of his maturity, in which the rigors of pointillism gave way to richly patterned, decorative color surfaces. Essays discuss Signac�s triumphs as a painter, draftsman, watercolorist, and printmaker, examine his role as a promoter of his own works and those of his colleagues, and shed new light on his appreciation of the works of his predecessors, contemporaries, and followers. The volume also includes an annotated chronology and a map that pinpoints the sites depicted in Signac�s works.

Author Biography: Marina Ferretti-Bocquillon is a well-known Signac scholar. Anne Distel is Chief Curator of the Musée d�Orsay. John Leighton is Director of the Van Gogh Museum. Susan Alyson Stein is Associate Curator of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This volume, which accompanies a traveling exhibition now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is the first major overview of neoimpressionist artist Paul Signac in nearly 40 years. Tracing Signac's artistic development, the catalog effectively examines the artist's close relationship with fellow neoimpressionist Georges Seurat and shows how his interest in color, line, aesthetic harmony, and subjective experience in painting developed. The essays, written by American and French Signac scholars, demonstrate that the painter at first emulated Seurat's artistic style but then came to use more color and looser brushstrokes, and how as Signac worked more and more in the medium of watercolor, he produced some of his most successful works. Signac emerges as a theorist and critic through excerpts from his book, D'Eug ne Delacroix au neo-impressionisme, in which he explained Neoimpressionism to the public. The artist's political motivations are also observed he always stood against official bourgeois conventions and in favor of liberal causes as are his efforts to support the arts in general. With beautiful illustrations and valuable, if not especially groundbreaking, information on Signac, this volume is recommended for all libraries that collect art books. Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll., MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780870999994
Publisher:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
340

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