Paul Signac
French, 1863–1935
Black chalk and watercolor on BFK Rives wove paper
281 x 441 mm
Received through the Jewish Agency, Germany
Public Domain
JRSO Number: 21036/23
Accession number: B50.11.0042

While Signac's early works were impressionistic, he later developed the technique of pointillism, together with George Seurat, and in the last years of his life adopted a freer style bordering on the abstract. The balanced composition of the present drawing bestows upon it a calm, serene atmosphere. It depicts the Square du Vert Galant, a wedge-like projection at the tip of the Ile de la Cité near the Pont Neuf, cut off from the bustle of the city. A veteran sailor, Signac frequently included in his works depictions of seashores, harbors, and riversides – in particular the Seine. By painting the clouds flowing in harmony with the foliage and the leaves floating along the stream, Signac subsumes all the objects in the painting under a unifying textural treatment.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Perry-Lehmann, Meira, One Hundred Works on Paper: From the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1986, English / Hebrew
Steinberg, Shlomit, Orphaned Art: Looted Art from the Holocaust in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, English / Hebrew

Provenance Research Online: World War II Looted Cultural Treasures, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Orphaned Art: Looted Art from the Holocaust in the Israel Museum, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Beningson Gallery, Ruth Youth Wing, 18/02/2008 - 23/08/2008
One Hundred Works on Paper from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, June - Sept. 1986, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Back to Nature, Landscapes Drawn by Masters, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Rena (Fisch) and Robert Lewin Gallery, 02/06/2013 - 06/10/2013

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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