In Culture Tourist Art Blogmas today, we’re going to see Paul Signac and his lovely winter scene from the Boulevard de Clichy.
Art Blogmas 2020
Paul Signac was a French neo-Impressionist painter and one of the most important representatives of the Pointillism and Divisionism art styles. The painting we’re hosting in our Art Blogmas today is an excellent example of the latest.
Paul Signac: Boulevard de Clichy
Boulevard de Clichy is a famous street in Paris. Today, it’s the most recognised as home to Moulin Rouge. However, during the second half of the 19th century, it was a lively place and often a motif to Impressionist and first modern painters living in Paris. It was also home to Le Tambourin Cafe, where many of those painters met and talked about art. So, it’s no surprise Paul Signac choose it for his lovely winter scene.
He painted it in 1886, and it’s a perfect example of a new style he’s starting to develop – Divisionism. He was already experimenting with the texture of the dots of Pointillism before.
But now, he’s putting the dots of the different colours next to each other and mixing them in this way. So when we look at the painting, our eyes see mixed colours already. Only when we look at it from the close can we see the texture.
That’s especially visible on the building at the right-hand side of the painting. The image looks completely different depending on the distance we’re looking at from.
He’s using this style well to show the depth on the painting, as well. With the way he’s using the texture, it seems as the road and trees are disappearing in the distance.
If you don’t want to miss other paintings I’m going to share with you in this year’s Art Blogmas, be sure to check in here tomorrow at 7:30 am. Or, follow along on Culture Tourist Facebook page and Instagram profile.