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


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.