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Paul Signac – French Neo Impressionist Painter

Paul Victor Jules Signac is a French Neo painter who was one of the principal artists of Neo-Impressionism, the leading art movement of the 19th century. Signac working with Georges Seurat helped develop the Pointillist style. Paul Signac is even considered the theorist and leader of Neo-Impressionism. He continued to approach color science and optical color mixing. Signac influenced other famous 20th century artists.

Early Life

Paul Signac was born on November 11, 1863, into a middle-class family in Paris. Before starting his career as a painter, he followed a training course in architecture at 18. At the beginning of his painting career, he sailed around the coast of Europe, where he painted landscapes. Later, he painted scenes of the cities in France. Most of Signac’s paintings are of the French coast. In 1884, he met Claude Monet and Georges Seurat, where he was struck by the systematic methods of Seurat and his theory of colours. Signac experimented with his paintings through travelling and sailing.

Famous Artworks

Signac’s first major interior scene painting was The Milliners, is oil painting on canvas, where the Impressionists, including Degas and Cassatt, represented him. Les Andelys, the Riverbank was the most powerful influence of Impressionism. From 1886-1887, he painted graphite and ink on Japanese paper named it The Dining Room. In 1890, Signac honored his friend with his painting Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones and Tints, Portrait of M. Felix Feneon in 1890. Women with a Parasol, Lady on the Terrace, The Pink Cloud, Antibes are his other famous Oil painting on Canvas. The Bay is a landscape painting by Signac, where he used a vast array of colors to paint a beautiful image of a bay.

Final Words

Paul Signac’s paintings convey deeply colourful scenes, and it was a wonderful artistic experience for viewers. All his famous paintings showcased incredible talent and skill for art. Signac died on August 15, 1935, at his birthplace.