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The Jetty at Cassis, Opus 198 by Paul Signac
The Jetty at Cassis, Opus 198 by Paul Signac

The Jetty at Cassis, Opus 198, 1889

Paul Signac

The artist described the seaside view that inspired this scene: “White, blue and orange, harmoniously spread over the beautiful rise and fall of the land. All around the mountains with rhythmic curves.” At the port of Cassis on France’s Côte d'Azur, shown here, Signac was able to spend the summer pursuing his two passions, marine painting and boating. He renders the entire seascape in multiple dots of color, a technique called Pointillism. This method creates a feeling of light glinting off sea and sand, and subtle blending of light into shade.

Credit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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