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Paul Signac

Paul Signac

A French painter, Signac (1863–1935) is noted for his painting technique known as Pointillism, in which paintings would render color in individual, syncopated dots which visually creating a field of color at a distance. This technique, heavily developed with his friend and mentor Georges Seurat, relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones. Encouraged by breaking ground in color theory, artists of the time working in this Neo-Impressionist styles believed that separate touches of pigment result in a greater vibrancy of color in the observer’s eye, compared to the conventional mixing of pigments on the palette.

Signac spent much of his time in the south of France, as he loved to paint the water and the French coast. Signac mentored younger artists (he was the first to buy a painting by Henri Matisse) and exhibited controversial works of the emerging avant-garde movements Fauvism and the Cubism.