Paul Signac French, 1863-1935

Overview

Paul Victor Jules Signac was one of the foremost French neo-impressionist painters of his time. Born in Paris on November 11, 1863, he intended to study architecture but decided on painting after meeting Claude Monet. Though he was initially influenced by Monet, his early works also show the influence of Alfred Sisley and Armand Guillaumin.

 

In 1884 Signac became a founding member of the Salon des Independants, where he met Georges Seurat. The two men greatly influenced each other's oeuvres and are credited with the development of the Pointillism style of painting, which became the basis of Neo-Impressionism. Signac was President of the Society from 1908 until his death in 1935, and Signac encouraged younger artists (he was the first to buy a Matisse painting) by exhibiting the controversial works of the Fauves and Cubists.  He and the neo-impressionists are credited with influencing the next generation of painters including Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, therefore contributing to the creation of Fauvism.

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