Paul Signac

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Portrait of Paul Signac

Paul Victor Jules Signac (11 November 186315 August 1935) was a French neo-impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the pointillist style.


From Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism[edit]

  • Divisionism is a complex system of harmony, an aesthetic tatherr than a technique. The dot is only a method.
  • The Neo-Impressionist does not stipple, he divides.
  • The Pointillist chooses a means of expression by which he applies colour on a canvas in small dots rather than spreading it flat.
  • Neo-Impressionist method is an attempt is made to achieve the richness of the sunlight spectrum with all its tones. An orange that blends with yellow and red, a violet that tends toward red and blue, a green between blue and yellow are, with white the sole elements. Through mixture (in the eye of the observer) of these pure colours , whose relationship can be varied at will, from the most brilliant to the greyish. Every brush stroke that is taken from the palette remains pure on the canvas.
    • From Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism by Paul Signac. Paris: 1899.

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