Paul SIGNAC (1863-1935)

A leader in neo-impressionism, Signac is also recognized as the master of watercolor, a genre to which he devoted himself during the last fifteen years of his life, with the sea at the center of his work …

Selection of works by Paul Signac currently available


Paul Signac La Seine à Samois, 1900, Watercolor 16,5 x 24,2 cm
Paul Signac
La Seine à Samois
16,5 x 24,2 cm


Paul Signac, Le Trieux, c.1923, Watercolor
Paul Signac
Le Trieux
27,8 x 46 cm


Paul Signac Venise. San Giorgio vu de l'escalier du pont de Veneta marina 1904 Watercolor 19,5 x 25 cm
Paul Signac
Venise. San Giorgio vu de l’escalier du pont de Veneta marina
19,5 x 25 cm


Paul Signac Paimpol, Goélettes au port 1924 Watercolor 28 x 46,5 cm
Paul Signac
Paimpol, Goélettes au port
28 x 46,5 cm


Paul Signac, Port-Louis, les sardiniers, Circa 1920
Paul Signac
Port-Louis, les sardiniers
Circa 1920
Watercolor on paper
Signed and located lower left
28,3 x 37 cm



Paul Signac, Paris, la Seine au Pont Marie, c.1925, Wash
Paul Signac
Paris, la Seine au Pont Marie
20,8 x 26 cm


Paul Signac, Le Port de La Rochelle, Ink, 11 x 16 cm
Paul Signac
Le Port de La Rochelle
11 x 16 cm


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 Signac, leader of neo-impressionism

Signac painted in the Impressionist manner until his meeting with Seurat, a capital turning point in his work. The following year he met Pissarro and Félix Fénéon, an art critic and the future aditor of La Revue Blanche and inventor of the term Néo-Impressionism – the movement of which both Seurat and Signac were the ultimate representatives.

As early as 1886 he adopted the divisionist technique and helped it to evolve. He developed his large oil compositions in the workshop and progessively evolved towards watercolours to which he eventually dedicated himself entirely.

The sea occupies the major role is his work. A sailor at heart, he owned 32 boats over the course of his life. In 1892 he adopted the port of Saint Tropez which he painted from on board his boat.

Marked by Japanese prints unitl 1900, he underlined his dots with a black line. From 1902 onwards, his watercolours prefigured fauvism and the liberation of colour which Matisse, under the influence of Signac and Cross, continued.

If he remained faithful to rigourous divisionism in his oils, his watercolours gave free reign to his natural vivacity. He virtuously painted the changing universe of port life and the lapping of the sea. As unique drafts, watercolours leave no room for mistakes but do allow for freer and more spontaneous fragmentation. His collection of watercolours, the diary of a tireless traveller, a complete tour of France’s ports is, in itself, a monument. He is a Master of this genre.



“One minute with Paul Signac”

“One minute with Paul Signac and its Ports de France”


Latest exhibitions


Galerie de la Présidence
From June 7 to July 17 2021

Signac, Aquarelles

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Musée Yves Brayer, Les Baux-de-Provence
From May 19th to September 2nd  2018

Paul Signac (1863-1935) : Lumière du Midi

Galerie de la Présidence lends works to this exhibition.

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  • “Signac les ports de France” in the Musée Malraux in Le Havre then in the Piscine-musée d’art et d’industrie André Diligent in Roubaix.


  • “Paul Signac” at the  Grand-Palais – Paris
  • “Signac le marin” at Galerie de la Présidence