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Saint Tropez

Circa 1893

Paul Signac (1863-1935)

Oil and graphite on panel

Height: 18.8 cm ( panel ); Width: 27.1 cm ( panel ); Height: 29.8 cm ( frame ); Depth: 4.3 cm ( frame ); Width: 37.8 cm ( frame );


Signed, on verso, P.S. St Tropez
Signed, bottom left & recto, P. Signac

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
Signac moved to St-Tropez in 1892. He was the first Parisian artist to settle in this remote Mediterranean fishing village. He sought ‘sky, sea, the setting sun’ and a good anchorage for his boat, Olympia.

This is Signac’s preparatory study for a larger painting of the port at St-Tropez. The bold colours and technique of sketches like this had a significant impact on artists of the next generation, including Henri Matisse and André Derain. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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