Friday, 6 February 2009

Signac on impresionism

This quote was first translated from the French and published in my newsletter "Notes From My French Easel" – December 2008. Follow the link to subscribe to the newsletter

«By taking off all dull and dark colours from their palette, Impressionists had to reconstruct, with the small remaining number of colours, an extended spectrum. Therefore they were driven to a more fragmented touch than Delacroix: and instead of these romantic hatching, they used small marks applied with the tip of an alert brush that mingled in multi-coloured ball – pretty way well suited to an aesthetics centred around fleeting and sudden sensations. »

Paul Signac ( in “D’Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionisme”)

Paul Signac: The Papal Palace, Avignon, 1900
Oil on canvas. 73.5 x 92.5 cm.
Gallery: Musée d'Orsay, Paris -
Source: Wikimedia Common

Signac on painting subjects

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1 comment:

Rebecca Snow said...

thank you for that quote.
I enjoy your blog , it is very informative and REAL. I paint plein air and in studio and your blog addresses many of my questions but speaks to the emotion of painting as well