Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (La Bonne-Mère), Marseilles

Paul Signac French

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After visiting Marseilles in late 1905, Signac proceeded to paint two canvases in his studio: one showing the entrance to the port and this view, facing the hill surmounted by Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the church nicknamed the "Good Mother" by seamen. Bright and boldly colored, the composition reflects Signac's contact with the artists Henri-Edmond Cross and Matisse at Saint-Tropez in the summer of 1904. The rectangular strokes of unmixed pigment, arranged like tesserae in a mosaic, are Signac’s variation on the innovative painting method pioneered by Seurat.

Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (La Bonne-Mère), Marseilles, Paul Signac (French, Paris 1863–1935 Paris), Oil on canvas

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