Paul SignacWomen at the Well© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
For nearly forty years, the public at large has not been presented with a global view of Paul Signac's work. Paul Signac (1863-1935)
was a friend of Seurat and a theoretician of neo-impressionism. This exhibition allows a rediscovery of this still little-known artist. The artworks, chosen from public and private collections around the world, show different aspects of his art : the first impressionist landscapes, the enjoyable neo-impressionist interior scenes, the nearly abstract seascapes of the heroic years, the brilliantly coloured paintings inspired by Saint-Tropez. One must not forget the drawings and watercolours, to which this sailor and indefatigable traveller devoted a lot of his time from 1900 onwards, or the late paintings he made of French and European ports. At the turn of the century these works, vibrating with colour, attracted the attention of a new generation of painters including Matisse and his fauvist friends.
Curators Anne Distel, general curator, Musée d'Orsay, Marina Ferretti-Bocquillon, art historian, John Leighton, director, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and Susan Alyson Stein, associate curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Exhibition also presented in Amsterdam, at the Van Gogh Museum, from June 18 to September 9, 2001 and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, from October 9 to December 30, 2001.
produced in Paris thanks to the support of the French branches of the FORTIS group.