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The Dining Room

Artist:
Paul Signac (French, Paris 1863–1935 Paris)
Date:
1886–87
Medium:
Graphite and ink on Japan paper
Dimensions:
8 11/16 x 10 3/16 in. (22.1 x 25.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.710
Not on view
Paul Signac was a leading practitioner of Neo-Impressionism, the term given to a group of late-nineteenth century French artists who developed a system of color harmony using an idiosyncratic technique of divided brush marks and stipple-like dots. "The Dining Room" revisits Signac's painting of the same title and subject, shown at the Paris Salon des Indépendants in 1887. Signac made the drawing for illustration in the French journal "La Vie moderne" (April, 1887). Using a carefully laid-out graphite underdrawing, he deftly layers the arrangement of dots to vary tonal intensity, and to render weight and volume. While the subject has all the trappings of a comfortable bourgeois household, the dining room is actually that of the artist's family, and its inhabitants are indeed Signac's mother, grandfather and housekeeper. The figures coexist at the lunch table in stony silence, a family with no communication in a setting devoid of anecdote.
Signature: Signed in pen lower left corner: P Signac

Inscription: Inscribed under mat: La Salle à manger P Signac
Collection Meunier, Paris; John Rewald, New York; Rewald sale, Sotheby's, London, 7 July 1960, no. 117. Acquired by Robert Lehman at the Rewald sale in 1960.
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