Paintings of Paul Signac 2: Les Andelys

The pointillist technique engenders a classical contemplative and serene quality to Signac’s work. Lovely.

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In 1886, the former Impressionist artist Paul Signac (1863-1935) made the transition to Divisionism, using the fine dots distinctive of what’s widely known now as Pointillism(e). This change may well have been precipitated by his friend Camille Pissarro, who switched in January, and must have been greatly influenced by Georges Seurat, who moved into a new studio next door to Signac’s in June.

signacgasometersclichy131 Paul Signac (1863-1935), Les Gazomètres. Clichy (Gasometers at Clichy) (Op 131) (1886), oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Wikimedia Commons.

This painting of Gasometers at Clichy was one of the first of his excursions into this new territory. This is one of a quite large group of views that he painted of the immediate vicinity of his family’s house, several of which show similar industrial motifs. Although they might appear mundane today, at the time these gasometers were novel, and…

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