Sunday, April 15, 2012

Paul Signac

Paul Signac was a post-impressionist painter of the 20th century. He was born in France, in 1863.

In his life, he travelled a lot, and he painted with different styles like watercolours or oil paintings.

He loved the pointillist style, composed with small, laborious dots. Other neo-impressionist painter, Seurat, and Signac developed this technique. He did many abstract paintings using pointillist style.

Most of his works represent the ocean or the Mediterranean coast; because he was a navigator and he liked paint landscapes with water. The human figures appear in Signac’s pictures too.

Paul Signac inspired the Fauvism, a movement of modern artists of twentieth-century. His abstract pointillist technique also formed the basis for 20th-century tendencies to dissolve both object and space, specifically Cubism.


It’s a cityscape in Venice, painted with dark colours in oil on canvas. Signac used the pointillist style and it represents boats and gondolas near to San Gorge Island. He use blues and purples, and big points painted with strokes.The shapes are not very clear because Signac mix they with other things of the landscape. However, the boats are very clear and they have greens and reds. Now it’s in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.

Eva Armindo R. & Jennifer Alison (1ºA-D)

Extracted from: (Spanish) (painting “la voile verte” and information about it)


  1. Brilliant! you have to check a few mistakes (France, no French) and write longer the painting description.
    Congrats for your work.

  2. Maite, I change the wrong words, but I don´t now what I must add to the painting description. Can you help me?

  3. Oh, well, it´s easy. You have to look for characteristics of puntillism, for example, do you think that this kind of dots forms properly figures(shapes)? Do you realise that dots were painted forming patterns? Which harmony of colours do you find here?