Maximilien Luce

Maximilien Luce Maximilien Luce was born in Paris in March 1858. Having witnessed the bloody events during the suppression of the Paris Commune by the regular army in 1871, he became politically radicalised. He worked as a printmaker and he […]

Seurat: The Circus

Georges Seurat: The Circus – 1891 Paris, Musée d’Orsay This picture was exhibited in an unfinished state at the seventh Salon des Indépendants which opened on 20 March 1891. Nine days later he was dead. The dominant red–blue–yellow spectrum of […]

Signac: In the Time of Harmony

Paul Signac: In the Time of Harmony (The Golden Age is not in the Past, it is in the Future) – 1895 Mairie de Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis The presence of the Fig Tree and the Umbrella Pine tell us that we […]

Théo van Rysselberghe

Théo van Rysselberghe Théo van Rysselberghe was born in Ghent. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in that city before moving to Brussels for further study. In 1882 he won a travel scholarship which enabled him to visit […]

Signac: Palais des Papes, Avignon

Paul Signac: Palais des Papes, Avignon – 1909 Musée d’Orsay, Paris Signac’s style developed over time from the closely structured pointillism of the late 1880s and early 1890s, to a freer divisionist technique employing larger brushstrokes to achieve a shimmering, […]

Seurat: Parade de cirque (Circus Sideshow)

Georges Seurat: Parade de cirque (Circus Sideshow) – 1887-1888 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The Parade de Cirque was a taster designed to whet the appetite of passers by and persuade them to part with their entrance fee in […]

van Gogh: The Sower

Vincent van Gogh: The Sower – 1888 Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo Van Gogh produced several versions of The Sower, a motif derived from his admiration for the work of the Barbizon painter Jean-François Millet who presents his subject with gritty realism […]

Camille Pissarro: Apple Harvest

Camille Pissarro: Apple Harvest – 1888 Dallas Museum of Art, USA On a sunny autumn day four labourers are engaged in bringing in the apple harvest – their attention focused on a lone tree set on a hill. As the […]

Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro In summer 1885 Pissarro met Paul Signac at the studio of their mutual friend Armand Guillaumin (who Signac had met the previous year while painting on the Île Saint-Louis). Signac subsequently introduced Seurat to Pissarro who, after watching Seurat […]