Paul Signac
Saint-Tropez. Morning of celebration

Saint-Tropez. Morning of celebration
Paul Signac (1863-1935)
Saint-Tropez. Morning of celebration
Pen and brown ink on paper
H. 14; W. 15,8 cm
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Michèle Bellot

Saint-Tropez. Matin de fête [Saint-Tropez. Morning of celebration]

A drawing based on the painting known as Saint Tropez. Port in celebration, from 1895 (disappeared in 1912), Saint-Tropez. Matin de fête was destined for reproduction. The work was in fact one of a set of twenty-four pen and ink drawings produced by Signac for the catalogue of the important, monographic exhibition of his work at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in 1907.

Here, Signac indulges in an exercise that he clearly enjoyed: copying his own paintings. He had already, by the end of the 1880s, gone back to neo-Impressionist paintings, by this time using a "pointillé" (dotted) technique in preparation for their magazine publication. Twenty years later, Signac was using traditional pen strokes, enjoying the play of lines and arabesques. A copy of a former painting, this drawing is also reminiscent of the preparatory cartoons that the artist started in that same year of 1907, and which he continued to use as a prelude to his painted works for the rest of his life.

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