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Paul Signac, 1863-1935 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) [Hardcover]

Marina Bocquillon
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15 Jun 2001 Metropolitan Museum of Art
This book, the catalogue of the first retrospective of the work of the French Neoimpressionist artist Paul Signac to be held in nearly forty years, accompanies the 2001 exhibition organised by the Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Musee d'Orsay, Paris, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This long overdue tribute to Signac's power of expression and artistic influence features some two hundred paintings, drawings, watercolours, and prints from public and private collections worldwide. Fully illustrated in colour and discussed in individual entries, these works offer an unprecedented overview of Signac's fifty-year career. Signac's artistic development began with the luminous plein air paintings he made in the early 1880s which reveal the lessons he absorbed from Monet, Guillaumin, and other leading Impressionists. From 1884 until 1891 Signac's close association with Georges Seurat encouraged his explorations of colour harmony, contrasts, and Neoimpressionist technique. In the scintillating works of his maturity the rigours of Pointillism gave way to richly patterned, decorative colour surfaces. In a series of essays the exhibition's curators discuss Signac's richly interesting career from a variety of perspectives. John Leighton, Director of the Van Gogh Museum, provides an introductory essay that chronicles Signac's triumphs as a painter. The well-known Signac scholar Marina Ferretti Bocquillon focuses on Signac's achievements as a draftsman and watercolourist, and Sjraar van Heugten, Chief Curator of the Van Gogh Museum, summarises Signac's activity as a printmaker. Anne Distel, Chief Curator of the Musee d'Orsay, examines Signac's role as a promoter of his own works and those of his colleagues and describes a host of other activities - beyond painting - that engaged Signac's interest. The final essays in this volume shed new light on Signac's appreciation of the works of his predecessors, contemporaries, and followers - as evidenced in his artworks, in his published and unpublished writings, and in his private collection. Susan Alyson Stein, Associate Curator of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines the ways Signac understood the genius of such painters as Delacroix, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Bonnard, and Matisse. Marina Ferretti Bocquillon explores the Signac's role as a collector, providing a wealth of new information about the works he owned by fellow artists. Contributor Kathryn Calley Galitz is Research Associate in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Lavishly illustrated with comparative and documentary photographs, the volume includes an annotated chronology and a map that pinpoints the sites depicted in Signac's works.

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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; with contributions by Kathryn Calley Galitz and... edition (15 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300088604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300088601
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 24.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars More words than paintings 7 Oct 2011
By jjdfg
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Lots of postcard sized good quality images of the paintings. Pages and pages of words, some very good ones. Was hoping for large size reproductions to study his style, dissapointed for this.
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Signac is too often overlooked in turn-of-the-century studies. He was a master Neo-Impressionist whose personal style was somewhere between Seurat and Van Gogh.

This is a very fine tome on Signac, a good value for the price. Equally good for students of the period, and an exceptionally nice "coffee table book" as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 30 April 2012
By William V. - Published on
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This is really a beautiful book. First, the artwork looks excellent. The colors look right, and each image is in nice focus. The pictures are large, but no artwork spans the binding (don't you just hate that?). Each piece that was included in the exhibitions is shown and each piece is given its own short essay. The longer essays are very good too - interesting and not too academic. Includes many wonderful watercolors, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Signac 9 Dec 2013
By Pablo Critton - Published on
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Not much to say here but just that if your looking for a comprehensive book on Signac and his captivating lumious ouevre, this is the book to buy. Well crafted with cloth bound jacket and numerous full page reproductions, this hefty tome based on an exhibition at the Metropolitan gives insight into the revolutionary "pointilist" technique pioneered by Seurat and expanded on by the one and only Signac. Numerous never before seen paintings and drawing, watercolor and pastels illuminate on an oft over-looked master of post-impressionism. Love this book!! Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible art 7 Nov 2009
By Ethan Bauley - Published on
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I saw an exhibit of these almost psychedelic masterpieces in a museum and have been hooked ever since. These paintings are masterful and won't bore you for a moment.

I've only read ~15 pages of the text, it's typical for a book like this
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding publication 2 July 2014
By Carell Zaehn - Published on
A first-rate publication filled with information about each of his works but also the history and details of his personal life.
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