The original work, watercolour on paper, is dated 1924. The artist, who is a painter, as well as an engraver and a writer, is initially influenced...
Paul Signac was born in Paris in 1863 into a family of merchants who moved to Montmartre where the painter began to attend writers and artists. In 1880 he decided to abandon his studies of architecture and discovered his vocation as a painter during a visit to an exhibition of Claude Monet, who would have a strong influence on his painting. He decided to study at an artist's studio in Montmartre and maintain his passion for navigation, as the painter friend Gustave Caillebotte, very close to the Impressionists. His first performances were landscapes of Asnières-sur-Seine, the place where his family lived, where he also kept a boat, which over the years will keep company with many others. In 1884 he met Georges Seurat, a friendship was born and the experimentation of painting with dots was born. They also founded the group of scientific Impressionists with Camille Pissarro. Cone would Vincent Van Gogh. He spent the summer of 1887 in the south of France and the following on the Breton coast. In 1889 he returned to the Mediterranean coast and visited Van Gogh in Arles, where he painted famous marine scenes in Cassis. In 1991 his friend Seurat died and Signac moved to Brittany where he painted the Concarneau marinas and the famous "Femme se coiffant". In 1892 he lived in Saint Tropez where he portrayed his wife and mother. Here his way of painting began to change.
Signac was initially influenced by the impressionists of Montmartre, became one of the greatest exponents of Punchtinism, and then continue to enrich his works with the influences of neo-impressionism, divisionism and expressionism. He began writing "From Eugène Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism" which was very successful in 1899. Henri Matisse went to visit him in Saint Tropez. In 1913 he went to live in Antibes and the war threw him into a deep crisis, leading him to paint very little until 1918. After the war he returned to travel, often to Brittany and from 1919 to 1931 he moved from port to port to make a watercolour for each marina. In 1935 he died in Paris.