The Jetty at Cassis, Opus 198

Paul Signac French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 825

Between 1887 and 1891, Signac spent the warmer months pursuing his two passions, marine painting and boating, on excursions to seaside resorts. One of five views made during a trip to the Mediterranean port of Cassis in April–June 1889, this work was singled out for praise when the series debuted at the Salon des Indépendants later that year. At Cassis, Signac found "White, blue and orange, harmoniously spread over the beautiful rise and fall of the land. All around the mountains with rhythmic curves." Until 1894, he evoked analogies with musical compositions by inscribing each of his pictures with an opus number.

The Jetty at Cassis, Opus 198, Paul Signac (French, Paris 1863–1935 Paris), Oil on canvas

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