The artist and author of books on art Paul Signac was one of the most interesting people of his time. Paul Signac French artist- neoimpressionist, representative of the direction of pointillism. Paul Signac was born on November 11, 1863 in Paris. The Port at Sunset, Saint-Tropez, 1892
In 1882, in Paris and Brittany, he began painting under the influence of the Impressionists (mainly Claude Monet). His debut in the arena of artistic life occurred in He participated in the exhibition "Groups of Independent" and at a preliminary meeting of the organizing committee he got acquainted with the young artist Georges Seur. Prior to this, Signac did not study in any art educational institution; he independently engaged in painting, imitating Claude Monet. Calencourt street, mills in Montmartre, 1884
He developed a special systematized dot smear, which was called pointillistic (from the French word "pointe" - point). Signac was carried away by the artistic ideas of Syor and under his influence also began to write with a small pointillist smear. In the spring of 1886, the paintings of Signac, executed in a new manner, together with a large picture of Georges Seur, were shown at the eighth exhibition of impressionists in Paris. As an artist, Signac was very different in temperament from the thoughtful rational Georges Seur. His talent is more emotional, more sensitive to impressions from the outside world. Railway in Bois-Colombes, 1886
The truly talent of Signac was revealed on the seacoast, the Mediterranean Riviera. Gradually the colorful dot grows in his paintings to the size of a large spot- smear. A few years ago, - he wrote then in his diary - I also tried to prove by scientific experiments that these blue, yellow, green exist in nature. Now I'm just saying: I write this way because, in my opinion, this approach gives the brightest and most colorful effect, and I like writing so... " The Grand Canal in Venice, 1905
Description of the picture "Pine in Saint-Tropez" "Pine in Saint-Tropez" - not the only one in Signac. The images of this tree he was carried away in the 1890s. This picture is interesting because by the time of its writing Signac has already passed the period of infatuation with neo-impressionism. This is how the artist came to his own style: it was necessary to get carried away with impressionism, then move after Georges Seur to neo-impressionism, finally reject it and give vent to his talent as a gentle colorist - this is the kind of informal characteristic you want to give to the late landscapes of Paul Signac. He got a kind of synthesis of impressionism and pointillism - he replaced the points with large, multidirectional brushstrokes of pure color. With the help of this technique, Signac achieves the amazing effect of running clouds and, it seems, the rustling of the crown. Accordingly, in contrast to pointillistic images, in the late landscapes of Signac there is no effect of time stopped, created by point technology. What is the dead time when the clouds are moving in the sky before our eyes, and the trees radiate radiant light? In this picture, the image is not subject to technology, but emotion, feeling. Bright chords, festively joyful color combinations also bring "Pine in St. Tropez" to the works of the Fauves, especially Andre Derain.