Paul Signac, Le port de la Rochelle (The Port of La Rochelle), 1925


Signac The Port of La Rochelle (Le port de la Rochelle), 1925, After

Signed Paul Signac Aquatint, Le port de la Rochelle (The Port of La Rochelle), 1925

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Signac The Port of La Rochelle (Le port de la Rochelle), 1925, After

Artist: Paul Signac (1863 - 1935)After

Title: Le port de la Rochelle (The Port of La Rochelle), 1925

Reference: Ginestet and Pouillon, E644

Medium: Color Aquatint

Image Size: 23 in x 17 1/2 in (58.7 cm x 44.5 cm)

Sheet Size: 29 in x 22 1/4 in (73.7 cm x 56.5 cm)

Framed Size: approx. 41 in x 34 1/4 in (104.1 cm x 87 cm)

Edition: From the edition of 200; pubished by Galerie Bernhieim-Jeune, Paris.

Signature: This work is hand signed by Paul Signac (Paris, 1863 – Paris, 1935) in pencil, also signed by Jacques Villon (Eure, 1975 – Puteaux, 1963) in pencil.

Condition: This work is in excellent condition.

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Paul Signac Le Port de la Rochelle (The Port of La Rochelle), 1925 is a calm scene of boats on a sunny day. Yellows and oranges cover the sails and the side of the parapet in warm sunlight, while the other side basks in cool greens and blues, mirroring the lush trees and water. White clouds grace the sky but do not look ominous. The day is clear and calm as the boats are reflected in the water.  Signac’s uses pointillist style an short brushstrokes render his shapes. It creates a lovely impressionist feel where everything is soft, without any hard edges or lines. This does not diminish the detail, which is ample with intuitive colors and lines filled with expression and movement – in particular the sailboat is created by flowing lines, pushing it along like the wind that fills its sails.

Created in 1925 after an original work by Paul Signac, this color aquatint is signed in pencil by Paul Signac (Paris, 1863 – Paris, 1935), also signed by engraver Jacques Villon (Eure, 1975 – Puteaux, 1963) in pencil; published by Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Paul Signac The Port of La Rochelle (Le port de la Rochelle), 1925, is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1. Ginestet, Colette de and Pouillon, Catherine, Jacques Villon: Les Estampes et Les Illustrations Catalogue Raisonné, 1979. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. E644.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Paul Signac The Port of La Rochelle (Le port de la Rochelle), 1925 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Paul Signac (1863-1935)

Paul Signac Biography

Born in Paris in 1863, Paul Signac abandoned his life as a young architectural student and began to travel Europe.  Having a fondness for the open ocean, Signac took to sailing the various port cities of the Mediterranean, especially those of France.  Known for his brilliant landscapes and seascapes of Antibes, Marseille, Brest, and St. Tropez, Signac utilized quick and expressive strokes of color to evoke the beauty and the timelessness of the ports he visited.

Earlier in his career, he was a student of pointillism and socialized with the likes of Georges Seurat and Claude Monet.  Both artists were incredibly influential to Signac as he developed his own neo-impressionist style.  By the late 1880s and early 1890s, Signac had begun sailing full time, developing his pointillist roots into broader, more swift strokes of color as he traveled to more, far-reaching ports of Europe.

He became well-known for his beautiful Signac watercolors and his ability to capture the Mediterranean sun and varying pastel colors including pink, sky blue, lime greens, and violets.  He also experimented with mixed media, often combining pen and ink drawings with his watercolors.  By 1908, Signac was president of the Société des Artistes Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists) which heralded avant garde works that became the foundation of several groundbreak art movements of the 20th century.  Their motto: Sans jury ni recompense (No jury, no awards).

Signac’s later years found him permanently established in the south of France where he created most of his works of the region.  He died on August 15, 1935 and was cremated and buried three days later at the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

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