Portrait de Félix Fénéon

by paul signac

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      The exuberant celebration of the famous Parisian Félix Fénéon, art critic, anarchist and friend of Paul Signac was painted in 1890. Fénéon refused several times before agreeing to having his portrait painted, which Signac famously created, showcasing Fénéon's characteristic goatee, wearing a three-piece suit, holding a top hat, gloves and a cane in his left hand, with his right arm extended out as he holds a lily as if to give it to an invisible recipient. The contrasting kaleidoscopic whirlwind of patterns and bands of colour emanating from a central point bring an ethereal, magnetism to this piece. Signac employed his famed pointillist art style in this reproduction, applying small dots of colour with the intention of having the viewers perspective blend the colours and form rather than blend the colour on the canvas. The whimsical and celebrated Portrait de Félix Fénéon is now hung in a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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The Artist


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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