Museum Folkwang
Le Pont des Arts
  • Paul Signac
  • Le Pont des Arts, 1912

  • The Pont des Arts
  • Oil on canvas
  • 81 x 100,1 cm
  • Acquired in 1914 for the Kunstmuseum Essen, since 1922 Museum Folkwang
  • Inv. G 159
  • CommentarySignac was especially concerned with intensifiying the quantity of light in his paintings and imbuing his compositions, usually landscapes, with the pure harmony of color. In ›Le Pont des Arts‹ (The Pont des Arts), he painted the view of the Île de la Cité from the right bank of the Seine like a classic veduta—featuring the Palais de Justice, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame, Pont Neuf, and Pont des Arts—a motif Signac frequently varied in 1912. The palette used in these paintings have gradations from light to dark blue and sometimes green as well, accentuated by a bit of yellow and dark red. Short, forceful, closely set strokes of the brush reveal the systematic fragmentation of color. Even more decisively than the generation of Impressionists preceding him, Paul Signac assumed that the vibrant impression of light and color would once again densify in the eye of the beholder, as is the case when experiencing nature. The artist translated most consistently his theoretical musings into the medium of painting.
  • ProvenanceKünstler
    1914, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
    1914 - 1922, Kauf bei Galerie Bernheim-Jeune durch Essener Kunstverein, Schenkung an Kunstmuseum Essen, Kunstmuseum Essen
    1922, Museum Folkwang, Essen
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Erworben 1914 für das Kunstmuseum Essen, seit 1922 Museum Folkwang, Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Le Pont des Arts
  • Obj_Title2_S: The Pont des Arts
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1912
  • Jahr von: 1,912
  • Jahr bis: 1,912
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 159
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0159
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 81 x 100,1 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1914 for the Kunstmuseum Essen, since 1922 Museum Folkwang
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Commentary
Artists
Provenance

Signac was especially concerned with intensifiying the quantity of light in his paintings and imbuing his compositions, usually landscapes, with the pure harmony of color. In ›Le Pont des Arts‹ (The Pont des Arts), he painted the view of the Île de la Cité from the right bank of the Seine like a classic veduta—featuring the Palais de Justice, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame, Pont Neuf, and Pont des Arts—a motif Signac frequently varied in 1912. The palette used in these paintings have gradations from light to dark blue and sometimes green as well, accentuated by a bit of yellow and dark red. Short, forceful, closely set strokes of the brush reveal the systematic fragmentation of color. Even more decisively than the generation of Impressionists preceding him, Paul Signac assumed that the vibrant impression of light and color would once again densify in the eye of the beholder, as is the case when experiencing nature. The artist translated most consistently his theoretical musings into the medium of painting.