Themes from Saint-Tropez of grand trees, fishing boats with simultaneous contrast of colours, a portrait of his wife, and an anarchist idyll.
Deaths of Van Gogh and Georges Seurat. Signac’ unsuccessful interiors, and his far more popular landscapes.
During 1888-89, he started sailing his boat, the ‘Tub’, on the River Seine, and visited the coast. He moved from industrial views to those of rivers, the sea and watersports.
In the Spring, he changed style to Pointillism, then spent the summer at Les Andelys, where he painted a series of fine views, before ‘The Dining Room’, a masterly interior.
A selection of his Impressionist paintings made during the mid-1880s before he adopted ‘pointillist’ style after becoming one of Seurat’s closest friends.
After Seurat’s unexpected and early death, Paul Signac was his artistic heir, but the movement went in different directions before fading out after 1900.
With its origins in the old rivalry between form and colour, Divisionism was the concept of scientific painting in the mind of Georges Seurat.
As he sought deeper knowledge of nature by spiritual means, his paintings underwent radical change.
Seurat was interested in much more than the perception of colour, and in his reading of contemporary science (particularly that of von Helmholtz) and in his paintings, explored much of visual experience.
A luminous painting of the port of Marseille in dawn light, looking up towards the ‘Good Mother’ church, marks the height of both Neo-Impressionism and Fauvism.