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


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.