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Signac and Colour Harmonies

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Musée Jacquemart-André / Paris / Art

Paul Signac was a young man when he abandoned his architecture studies to pursue painting. As he learned more about the medium, he came under the influence of Claude Monet and worked as an Impressionist. He then became infatuated with George Seurat’s color theories—the chromoluminarism that was similar to pointillism. After an encounter with Seurat in 1884, Signac began shaping the emerging Neo-Impressionism movement. Meanwhile, the year 1892 saw the start of his summer sojourns to Saint-Tropez, which continued until 1913. One can see the influence of those summers in his liberated use of color. In an exhibition that traces the development of both the painter and the movement, 25 works by Signac—including Bow of the Boat (1888), The Beacons at Saint-Briac (1890), and After the Storm, Saint-Tropez (1895)—share the gallery with 40 works by artists he admired. —E.C.

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