The Town Beach, Collioure, Opus 165 (Collioure. La Plage de la ville. Opus 165)
Paul Signac (French, Paris 1863–1935 Paris)
Oil on canvas
24 3/4 x 31 1/2 in. (62.9 x 80 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 826
Beginning in 1886, Signac worked in the Neoimpressionist style, layering dots and dashes of paint to create optical colored effects. Viewed closely, the eye registers the tiny brush marks of pigment as detached; viewed from a distance, however, the eye blends the colors and they appear as larger, cohesive forms. The Lehman picture is one of four summer landscapes that Signac painted during his stay in Collioure, a small fishing village in France.
The artist's studio; André Teissier, 1897; Gaston Lévy, Paris, 1928; Untitled sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, October 22, 1943, no. 79 (as Les Andelys); acquired from the Galerie deL'Élysée (Paul Ebstein), Paris, by Robert Lehman, New York, February 1950.