Paul Signac

Paul Signac (pōl sēnyäk´), 1863–1935, French neoimpressionist painter. First influenced by Monet, he was later associated with Seurat in developing the divisionist technique. Interested in the science of color, he painted with a greater intensity and with broader strokes than Seurat. In such vigorous, colorful works as Port of St. Tropez (1916; Brooklyn Mus., New York City) Signac broke through the confines of neoimpressionist theory. He wrote a treatise, D'Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionisme (1889), long considered the foremost work on the school.

See study by his granddaughter, Françoise Cachin (tr. 1973).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Paul Signac: A Collection of Watercolors and Drawings
Marina Ferretti Bocquillon; Charles Cachin; Paul Signac.
Abrams Books, 2000
Neo-Impressionist Painters: A Sourcebook on Georges Seurat, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, Theo Van Rysselberghe, Henri Edmond Cross, Charles Angrand, Maximilien Luce, and Albert Dubois-Pillet
Russell T. Clement; Annick Houze.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Developing in Reverse: Signac at the Metropolitan
Champa, Kermit S.
New Criterion, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2001
FREE! Modern Art: Being a Contribution to a New System of Aesthetics
Julius Meier-Graefe; Florence Simmonds; George W. Chrystal.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, vol.1, 1908
Librarian’s tip: "Paul Signac" begins on p. 315
History of Modern Painting: From Baudelaire to Bonnard: The Birth of a New Vision
Maurice Raynal; Stuart Gilbert.
Albert Skira, 1949 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Paul Signac" begins on p. 58
Spot On
Rosenthal, Tom.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 130, No. 4548, July 30, 2001
Historical Dictionary of the Third French Republic, 1870-1940
Patrick H. Hutton; Amanda S. Bourque; Amy J. Staples.
Greenwood Press, vol.2, 1986
A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art
Ian Chilvers.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Post-Impressionism: From Van Gogh to Gauguin
John Rewald.
Museum of Modern Art, 1956
Pollock and After: The Critical Debate
Francis Frascina.
Harper & Row, 1985
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Paul Signac begins on p. 235
Fauvism: Biographical and Critical Study
Jean Leymarie; James Emmons.
Skira, 1959
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Paul Signac begins on p. 57
Paris in Our Time
Pierre Courthion.
Skira, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Paul Signac begins on p. 36
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