van Gogh: Voyer d’Argenson

Vincent van Gogh: Voyer d’Argenson, Asnières – 1887 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam In the spring of 1887 van Gogh met Paul Signac frequently to paint in and around Asnières and his output at this time was unmistakably influenced by Signac. Here […]

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh The outline of Vincent’s life is well known and the tragic irony of the loneliness and penury endured by him, when contrasted with the fact that his posthumous fame contributed to record auction prices adds an unavoidable […]

Seurat: Bathers at Asnières

Georges Seurat: Bathers at Asnières – 1883-1884 National Gallery, London On the 15 May 1884 the first Salon des Artistes Indépendants opened in the courtyard of the Tuileries. This was a momentous event for the art world enabling young artists […]

Seurat: A Sunday on the Island of the Grand Jatte

Georges Seurat: A Sunday on the Island of the Grande Jatte – 1884-1886 Art Institute, Chicago It is possible that as early as 1883 Seurat was formulating his ideas for large painting, complementary to the Bathers at Asnières (which had been […]

Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat Born in Paris in December 1859, Seurat had scant contact with his distant father but formed a close attachment with his mother who appears in several drawings. Much later he would continue to take his evening meal with […]

Henri Edmond Cross

Henri Edmond Cross Henri Edmond Joseph Delacroix was born to a French father and a British-born mother in Douai, northern France. In 1865 the family moved to Lille and a year later, at the age of ten his talent was […]

Cross: The Evening Breeze

Henri Edmond Cross: The Evening Breeze (l’air du Soir) – 1894  Musée d’Orsay, Paris A company of women linger among trees which emerge from the sandy delta of a shallow stream. In the foreground two of the group lie on […]

Paul Signac

Paul Signac At the tender age of seventeen Paul Signac dropped out of school and immersed himself in the avant-garde life of Montmartre where his family had been living. He soon came into contact with the literary and artistic circles […]

Signac, Portrait of Felix Feneon

Paul Signac: Portrait of Félix Fénéon – 1890  Museum of Modern Art, New York This extraordinary profile of Signac’s friend, the writer and critic Félix Fénéon is set against a swirl of spiralling, sinuous abstract designs. These background patterns were […]