The Seine at Les Andelys
Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935)
On View

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.


  • Artist Name: Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935)
  • Title: The Seine at Les Andelys
  • Date: 1886
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 18 x 25-1/2 in. (45.7 x 64.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1968.27.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Gift from artist to;
Adolphe Albert (1855-1938).
[Gallery Lorenceau, Paris, 1962, to];
(sale, London, Sotheby’s, 23 October 1963, lot 54, ill., as Vue des Andelys, to);
J. Horner.
Private collection.
[Stephen Hahn Gallery, New York; sold 1968 to]
Norton Simon Art Foundation

Recent Acquisitions by the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art

  • Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, 1968-11-12 to 1969-04-20

[on loan]

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1972-08-03 to

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969-04-21 to 1972-07-07

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Foundation_2

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1974-10-19 to 1976-06-15

Selections from the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1972-12-03 to 1974-07-17
  • Groom, Gloria, Apollo, fig. 2 pp. 59- 60
  • The French Impressionists in Southern California: Paintings, Sculptures and Prints in Public Collections. A Guide Book and Catalogue, 1984,
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 523 p. 308

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