European Art: 19th Century

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The Seine at Les Andelys, 1886

Paul Signac

French, 1863-1935
Oil on canvas
18 x 25-1/2 in. (45.7 x 64.8 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1968.27.P

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Signac contributed sixteen pictures in the brand new Neo-Impressionist style to the last of the Impressionist group exhibitions in 1886. They created a sensation, and following the show, Signac retreated to the small Normandy town of Les Andelys, where he painted ten more over the course of the summer. This view of Les Andelys, from smokestack to steeple, reflected in the slow-moving water of the Seine, hovers somewhere between Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. The long, liquid strokes used to describe the surface of the river owe a debt to Monet, while the dappled, particulate color of the foliage at right, the rooftops, and the beach point to Seurat and Neo-Impressionism.

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