Dec 10, 2008

Saint-Tropez: The Port

Saint-Tropez: The Port


Paul Signac

(French, 1863-1935)

Color lithograph

Image: 43.5 x 33 cm (17 1/8 x 13 in.); Sheet: 50.8 x 38.2 cm (20 x 15 1/16 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in memory of William J. Eastman 1953.346

Catalogue raisonné: Kornfeld & Wick 19b



Signac adapted for the lithographic process the style he and George Seurat (1859-1891) developed in the 1880s for painting: pointillism. Brilliantly colored dots were juxtaposed to produce a full optical tonal range more luminous than can be obtained from pigments mixed on the palette. Saint-Tropez, printed in six colors (blue, blue-gray, red, pink, yellow, and green), demonstrates that lithography was a perfect vehicle for translating these artists' scientific ideas about color.

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