Such peaceful paintings….such terrible times.
After Paul Signac’s visit to Constantinople in 1907, the following February he travelled to Italy, where he toured Florence, Rome and other cities before returning to Venice in late March. He remained there for two months before going back to Saint-Tropez via Verona. In November, he cruised the coast from Antibes to Nice.
Paul Signac (1863-1935), Venice. Customs House (Cachin 470) (1908), oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm, Private collection. Wikimedia Commons.
He painted Venice. Customs House in 1908, following his return to the city. This reverses his previous compositions by placing the Customs House in the mid-ground, with masts and sails behind. This loses the depth and grandeur of those earlier works.
In April 1909, Signac visited London briefly, where he sketched some Turners in the National Gallery, and met Lucien Pissarro and Walter Sickert.
Paul Signac (1863-1935), Avignon, Evening (The Papal Palace) (Cachin 481) (1909), oil on…
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