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Paul Signac : a collection of watercolors and drawings
Bocquillon-Ferretti, Marina.
Publication Information:
New York : H.N. Abrams, 2000.
Physical Description:
128 pages : chiefly illustrations, map (some color) ; 25 x 29 cm
General Note:
Exhibition catalog.

"In association with the Arkansas Arts Center."
Why Signac? / James T. Dyke -- Paul Signac's notebooks / Charles Cachin -- The James Dyke collection : Paul Signac's graphic work / Marina Ferretti Bocquillon.
Reading Level:
1440 Lexile.

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N6853.S49 A4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Paul Signac is best known for the intense colour effects in his oil landscapes and marine canvasses, but his evolution as an artist is best witnessed in the fluid watercolours and sketches that filled his sketchbooks. This text covers his entire oeuvre.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This exhibition catalog documents a recently acquired gift to the Arkansas Art Center of watercolors and drawings by Paul Signac. In his later years, from 1929 to 1931, the artist traveled the coast of France painting exhilarating sea scenes in a "Ports de France" series. Twenty-two of these surviving graphics, as well as earlier, impressionist-inspired, Dutch- and C‚zanne-influenced watercolors form the basis of the full-color catalog with 133 reproductions. The authors, both of whom have previously written on Signac, discuss the unearthing of these gems and the context in which they were created. The accessible prose will bring appreciation to a wide audience. This book serves as an adjunct to the study of Signac's oeuvre, showing the watercolors as a counterpoint to the artist's pointillist oils and divisionist masterpieces. Academics and students seeking an in-depth exploration of Signac's formal theories of color and composition can turn to Floyd Ratliff's Paul Signac and Color in Neo-Impressionism (LJ 4/1/92). Recommended for museum, academic, and public libraries.--Ellen Bates, MLS, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Signac (1863-1935) along with Seurat, Pissarro, and others formed a loose group generally known as the Neo-Impressionists. After Seurat's death in 1891 Signac executed his complete watercolor painting (previously he had used the medium only for preliminary sketches for his oil paintings). He obviously enjoyed the medium--perhaps it was a liberation from the tedious process of building up a picture with the small modules of colors (dots, lines, and swirls) employed in the Neo-Impressionist method. He continued painting in watercolor throughout his life, often during his travels along the coast of France. He depicted seascapes and landscapes, towns and boats, ports and bridges, and some still lifes. All are not picturesque motifs; some chosen scenes clearly reveal evidence of industrialization, such as contemporary bridges under construction and various hoists and cranes in ports. This collection of 133 largely unknown works on paper (sketches, washes, and mainly watercolors) is the first such publication. Essentially, it is a very well annotated catalog with informative introductory essays. For Signac scholars it is an important supplement to Floyd Ratliff's major study, Paul Signac and Color in Neo-Impressionism (CH, Jan'93). General readers; undergraduates through faculty. D. Topper; University of Winnipeg

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 6
Why Signac?p. 7
Paul Signac's Notebooksp. 8
The James Dyke Collection: Paul Signac's Graphic Workp. 10
Chronology Paul Signac: 1863-1935p. 30
Indexp. 126
Photograph Creditsp. 128