Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220 (Allegro Maestoso)
Paul Signac (French, Paris 1863–1935 Paris)
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 32in. (64.8 x 81.3cm); Framed: 40 1/4 x 34 in. (102.2 x 86.4cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
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.