Paul SIGNAC (Paris, 1863 - 1935). The port...

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Paul SIGNAC (Paris, 1863 - 1935). The port...

Paul SIGNAC (Paris, 1863 - 1935).
The port of Vannes.
Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper signed lower right, located and dated 1924 lower left.
Top. : 29 cm - Width : 43 cm

A certificate from Madame Marina Ferretti will be given to the purchaser.

At the turn of the century, Paul Signac freed himself from the neo-impressionist rigour to evolve towards a wider brushstroke and more vivid colours. On the recommendation of Camille Pissarro, he launches with conviction into watercolour representation, a technique perfectly suited to his devouring thirst for expression.
In 1928, he begins a major project for the collector Gaston Lévy, founder of the Monoprix stores: that of creating a series of watercolours of one hundred ports in France. For three years, he criss-crossed the country's coasts with his palette, constantly seeking to translate the variations in the atmosphere, the most fleeting moments.
Along the way, he wrote to his sponsor: "A good lesson in energy [...Think that some of the effects lasted only two minutes, that I had just enough time to write down "the key" and that we now have to reconstruct the little drama of remembrance, while avoiding introducing contradictory elements, an exciting little game, believe it or not".
On our work, he sets the memory of the port of Vannes on May 27, 1924. The pencil stroke is sure and quick, the touch spontaneous and free, the colours pure and vibrant. The artist allows the luminous whiteness of the paper to shine through between each coloured note to enhance its brilliance.

Marina Ferretti-Bocquillon, P. Signac [exhibition, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, 18 June to 23 November 2003], Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, 2003.

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