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, 1899[edit]

From Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism by Paul Signac. Paris: 1899

  • Divisionism is a complex system of harmony, an aesthetic rather than a technique.
    The point is only a means.
    To divide is to seek the power and harmony of color, through representing colored light by pure elements, and through employing the optical mixture of these pure elements, separated and proportioned according to the essential laws of contrast and graduation.
    • As quoted in: Catherine Bock-Weiss. Henri Matisse and Neo-Impressionism, 1898-1908, Nr. 13 UMI Research Press, 1977. p. 20
  • The Neo-Impressionist does not stipple, he divides. And dividing involves... guaranteeing all benefits of light.
    • As quoted in: Flaminio Gualdoni. Art: The Twentieth Century Rizzoli, 2008, p. 12
  • 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.

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