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Paul Signac, 1863-1935
Paul Signac
September 2001
Book Review
While Georges Seurat is the best-known pointillist, he wasn't the only one. Signac: 1863-1935 reintroduces a tireless advocate of neo-impressionism, a painter whose suburban imagery and leisured lifestyle belied his left-wing political views. Lively essays by scholars and curators portray different facets of Paul Signac's career. Virtually self-taught, he found the catalyst for his mature style in the small-scale brushwork of the slightly older Seurat, but replaced his serene, formal quality with overtly decorative patterning. As a yachtsman, Signac was drawn to marine subjects such as boats gliding on sparkling water at different times of day. After moving from Paris to Saint-Tropez in 1892, he took up watercolor, ideal for painting sunsets. Attempts at translating his political convictions into art (culminating with the...

Paul Signac: A Collection of Watercolors and Drawings
Marina Bocquillon
March 2000
From Library Journal
This exhibition catalog documents a recently acquired gift to the Arkansas Art Center of watercolors and drawings by Paul Signac. In his later years, from 1929 to 1931, the artist traveled the coast of France painting exhilarating sea scenes in a "Ports de France" series. Twenty-two of these surviving graphics, as well as earlier, impressionist-inspired, Dutch- and C?zanne-influenced watercolors form the basis of the full-color catalog with 133 reproductions. The authors, both of whom have previously written on Signac, discuss the unearthing of these gems and the context in which they were created. The accessible prose will bring appreciation to a wide audience. This book serves as an adjunct to the study of Signac's oeuvre, showing the watercolors as a counterpoint to the artist's pointillist oils and divisionist...

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, Vol. 23
Russell T. Clement
September 1999
Textbook Hardcover
“A valuable research tool.”–Choice

Book Description
This reference provides biographical, historical, and critical information on Neo-Impressionist painting and its most significant painters. Neo-Impressionism, also called Divisionism and Pointillism, was one of the most innovative and startling late 19th-century French avant-garde styles. Over 2,000 books, articles, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials as well as chronologies, biographical sketches, and exhibition lists are cited. Also provided are both primary and secondary bibliographies for each artist. Secondary bibliographies capture details about each artist's life and career, relationships with other artists, work in various media, iconography, critical reception and interpretation, archival sources and...

Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!: The Bruyas Colletion from the Musee Fabre, Montpellier
Sarah Lees
July 2004
Book Description
Gustave Courbet’s 1854 painting The Meeting (also known as Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!) depicts his greatest patron, Alfred Bruyas (1821-1877), welcoming the artist to his hometown of Montpellier, in the south of France. As one of the foremost collectors of contemporary art in France, Bruyas’s tastes ranged from romanticism to realism, and he collected both traditional and what was then avant-garde art.

This beautifully illustrated book features ninety-four works from Bruyas’s celebrated collection, including nine masterpieces by Courbet as well as important paintings, drawings, and sculptures by such leading French artists of the period as Delacroix, Ingres, Géricault, Millet, Corot, Rousseau, and Barye. The accompanying texts examine Bruyas’s role as one of the few...

The Joy of Life: The Idyllic in French Art, Circa 1900 (Ahmanson Murphy Fine Arts Imprint Series)
Margaret Werth
October 2002
Book Description
The Joy of Life investigates the significance of the idyllic in French painting from the early 1890s to World War I, considering a fascinating series of pastoral, mythic, and utopian landscapes. Responding to rapid artistic and social shifts in this period, French artists shaped a dreamlike imagery of mythic community, individual fantasy, and sensual joie de vivre in the midst of mass society. This beautifully illustrated study focuses on three exemplary imaginings of idyll: Puvis de Chavannes's decoration for the Paris Hôtel de Ville, L'été, of 1891, Paul Signac's anarchist Au temps d'harmonie of 1895, and Henri Matisse's fauve Bonheur de vivre of 1905-6, each a monumental and ambitious work exhibited publicly in Paris.
Werth weaves together complex analyses of...

Pissarro, Neo-Impressionism, and the Spaces of the Avant-Garde
Martha Ward
July 1996
Book Description
Martha Ward tracks the development and reception of neo-impressionism, revealing how the artists and critics of the French art world of the 1880s and 1890s created painting's first modern vanguard movement.

Paying particular attention to the participation of Camille Pissarro, the only older artist to join the otherwise youthful movement, Ward sets the neo-impressionists' individual achievements in the context of a generational struggle to redefine the purposes of painting. She describes the conditions of display, distribution, and interpretation that the neo-impressionists challenged, and explains how these artists sought to circulate their own work outside of the prevailing system. Paintings, Ward argues, often anticipate and respond to their own conditions of display and use, and in the case of the...

Weather: Sun, Rain, Wind, Snow
Colleen Carroll
October 1998
Card catalog description
Examines how various elements of the weather have been depicted in works of art from different time periods and places. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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