Paintings of Paul Signac 9: The Golden Horn

Such lovely work contrasting with the commercial drear of these major ports.

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In early 1906, as Paul Signac (1863-1935) was completing his large painting of the church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde and the port of Marseilles, he was visited by the former Nabi Maurice Denis, and Ker-Xavier Roussel, who had a house nearby. After that, Signac visited Spain briefly, then went to Paris for the annual Salon des Indépendants, where that painting was exhibited alongside six other landscapes of his.

In the Spring, he travelled to the Netherlands, where he visited Rotterdam and Amsterdam for the second time, and painted watercolour sketches. During the summer he cruised the Mediterranean on board a friend’s yacht. For much of the rest of the year, he was busy turning his sketches into finished oil paintings.

Paul Signac, Steamboats, Rotterdam (1906), oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, Shimane Art Museum, Shimane, Japan. WikiArt. Paul Signac (1863-1935), Steamboats, Rotterdam (Cachin 436) (1906), oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, Shimane Art Museum, Shimane, Japan. WikiArt.

Signac’s finished painting of Steamboats, Rotterdam (1906) is remarkable in retaining…

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