Le Port au Soleil Couchant

by paul signac

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      Painted with oil on canvas by French pointillist Paul Signac in 1892, Le Port au soleil couchant showcases the tranquil port of Saint Tropez, bathed in the rich golden light of the setting sun. Signac arrived at the port of Saint Tropez for the first time aboard his yacht during the second week of May (spring time, 1892) to a spectacular oasis of sailing and sunshine - untouched by the French industrial revolution, St Tropez had retained its timeless character. Signac portrays this peaceful scene with individual vibrant, complementary colours - focussing on the spectacular evening light using the contrasting deep violet shadows and the closing golden rays of the day, with delicate imagery of a fishing boat pulling into the harbour. Signac combines this idyllic scene and his intricate pointillist skill to portray this eloquent waterscape. 
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The Artist

PAUL SIGNAC

Paul Signac (1863 – 1935) was a French pioneer of Neo-Impressionism who, at the age of 18 after attending a Monet exhibition decided to pursue a career as a painter.  Working alongside the iconic Georges Seurat, Signac helped to develop the Pointillist painting style (small dots of pure colour).

Signac is famed for his scientifically juxtaposed small dots of colour, intended to combine and blend not on the canvas but in the viewer's eye, the defining feature of Pointillism.  Many of Signac's paintings are of the French coast, which combined his love of sailing and painting water.  Signac painted alongside, influenced and collaborated with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century including Vincent van Gogh - who he frequently visited, Claude Monet, Odilon Redon and Henri Matisse.

Signac's impact on 20th-century art landscape was profound. His career spanned half a century until his death in Paris on 15 August 1935, and his works can be found among the world's most prestigious art institutions, including the Louvre in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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