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Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220 (Allegro Maestoso)

Artist:
Paul Signac (French, Paris 1863–1935 Paris)
Date:
1891
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/2 x 32in. (64.8 x 81.3cm); Framed: 40 1/4 x 34 in. (102.2 x 86.4cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.209
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 826
As Georges Seurat’s most ardent follower, Paul Signac
steadfastly promoted the principles of Neo-
Impressionism all his life. Adopting Seurat’s system
of color harmony, Signac argued for the meticulous
application of precise hues in separate strokes of
paint across the canvas, a technique he said evoked
“brilliantly colored lights.” This painting is one of
five related images of fishing boats near the French
town of Concarneau, in Brittany. Signac endowed
his Concarneau paintings with musical sub-titles,
suggesting a symphonic arrangement.
Signature: Signed and dated (bottom left): P.Signac 91; Inscribed (bottom right): Op. 220
Count Antoine de La Rochefoucauld, Paris; Alex Hallot, by 1896; acquired from the Galerie de L'Élysée (Paul Ebstein), Paris, by Robert Lehman, New York, April 1953.
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