Pont St. Michel

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
watercolor and black crayon on white laid paper
Mark Descriptions
signed and inscribed in black crayon, L.R.: P. Signac / Pt. St Michel
Dimensions
11 1/8 x 17 3/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Julius F. Pratt Fund
Accession number
27.22
Collection
Currently On View In
Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery - H209

In the 1890s, as Signac turned away from painting canvases out of doors, the watercolor assumed increased importance in his art. Still moved by the power of nature, he used watercolors to record his spontaneous reactions to the landscape. Signac was especially fond of painting the bridges of Paris, and this view presents the Pont St. Michel.

Not rendered in the dotted pointillist technique, Signac's watercolors have a sense of the artist's handwriting, as short strokes capture his fluid expression. The pencil lines are not underdrawings meant to be covered by pigment; they complement the daubs of color and give structure to the composition.

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