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The Town Beach, Collioure, Opus 165 (Collioure. La Plage de la ville. Opus 165)

Artist:
Paul Signac (French, Paris 1863–1935 Paris)
Date:
1887
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 3/4 x 31 1/2 in. (62.9 x 80 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.208
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.
Signature: Signed, dated, and inscribed (bottom left): P.Signac.87; (bottom right): Op165
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.
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