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Paul Signac (1863-1935), Juan-les-Pins. Evening (detail), 1914, oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm. Private collection. Photo Maurice Aeschiman, Geneva
Paul Signac (1863-1935), Juan-les-Pins. Evening (detail), 1914, oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm. Private collection. Photo Maurice Aeschiman, Geneva
From July 4 to November 15, 2020
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Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism

Signac and the Indépendants

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invites visitors to journey to the artistic ebullience of France at the turn of the 20th century with its exhibition Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants. Discover a magnificent body of 500 paintings and graphic works from an exceptional private collection, and the largest collection of works by Paul Signac, that includes pieces by Signac and by avant-garde artists, Impressionists (Monet, Morisot), Fauves (Dufy, Friesz, Marquet), Symbolists (Gauguin, Redon), Nabis (Bonnard, Denis, Lacombe, Sérusier, Ranson, Vallotton), Neo-Impressionists (Cross, Luce, Pissarro, Seurat, Van Rysselberghe) and observers of life in Paris (Anquetin, Degas, Ibels, Lautrec, Picasso Steinlen).

Nathalie Bondil répond à vos questions | Nathalie Bondil answers your questions

Social and pictorial issues

Visitors can discover the social and pictorial issues of the era and what prompted a group of artists led by Signac to create the Salon des Indépendants in 1884, where they defended the idea of an artistic event with “no jury, no awards.” Art, they believed, had to be accessible and could contribute to the common good. From its inauguration in 1884 to the First World War, the Salon was a hub for major trends like Neo-Impressionism, the Nabis movement, Symbolism, Fauvism and Cubism. The exhibition also situates the Indépendants in the socio-cultural and political context of Paris during the Belle Époque.

Paul Signac (1863-1935), Sainte-Anne (Saint-Tropez), 1903, oil on canvas. Private collection
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Rare loans

In addition to the over 500 works from the private collection, two rare pieces have been loaned from the archives of Paul Signac’s descendants. One is the portrait Paul Signac as a Yachtsman (1896) by Théo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), and the other is a sketch of *In the Time of Harmony *(1893) by Paul Signac, which the public can view to learn more about this masterpiece that cannot be transported due to its size.

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), Paul Signac as a Yachtsman, 1896. Private collection
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Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), Kalf’s Mill in Knokke, or Windmill in Flanders, 1894. Private collection

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), Kalf’s Mill in Knokke, or Windmill in Flanders, 1894. Private collection

Paul Signac (1863-1935), Bow of the Boat, Opus 176, 1888. Private collection

Paul Signac (1863-1935), Bow of the Boat, Opus 176, 1888. Private collection

Georges Lacombe (1868-1916), Bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sainte-Barbe Coast), about 1904. Private collection

Georges Lacombe (1868-1916), Bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sainte-Barbe Coast), about 1904. Private collection

Paul-Élie Ranson (1861-1909), Princesses on the Terrace, 1894. Private collection

Paul-Élie Ranson (1861-1909),* Princesses on the Terrace*, 1894. Private collection

Maurice Denis (1870-1943), The Cook, 1893. Private collection

Maurice Denis (1870-1943), The Cook, 1893. Private collection

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Girl with Cat, 1892, oil on canvas. Private collection

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Girl with Cat, 1892, oil on canvas. Private collection

Scientific publication

The exhibition has a catalogue of 384 pages and over 550 illustrations released in French and English by the MMFA’s Publishing Department in collaboration with Éditions Hazan, Paris. Edited by Gilles Genty and Mary-Dailey Desmarais, it includes research findings and scientific essays by post-impressionism experts. Contributors to the book include Mark Antliff, Nathalie Bondil, Charlotte Hellmann, Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Claire Denis, Phillip Dennis Cate, Marina Ferretti Bocquillon, Gilles Genty, Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Anne Grace, Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond, Patricia Leighten, Katia Poletti, Véronique Serrano, Nicole Tamburini, Belinda Thomson and Richard Thomson.

Audioguides

Discover the works of the Post-Impressionists and learn about the period’s social context through our audioguides!

You can access the audioguide from the MMFA app.

See the Cultural Calendar, for the schedule of guided tours.

Creative workshop

In preparation for your visit or to cap off, here is a creative workshop you can do as a family, in connection with the exhibition.

Credits and Curatorial team

An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA, the exhibition is curated by Gilles Genty, Guest Curator, and Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Curator of International Modern and Contemporary Art, MMFA. A presentation of Hydro-Québec, in collaboration with Tourisme Montréal. Official Partner: MMFA Angel Circle.

Acknowledgments

The MMFA gratefully acknowledges the anonymous private collector for their very generous loan to this exhibition.

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Paul Signac (1863-1935), Sainte-Anne (Saint-Tropez), 1903, oil on canvas. Private collection

Paul Signac (1863-1935), Sainte-Anne (Saint-Tropez), 1903, oil on canvas. Private collection

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), Paul Signac as a Yachtsman, 1896. Private collection

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926),* Paul Signac as a Yachtsman*, 1896. Private collection

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), Kalf’s Mill in Knokke, or Windmill in Flanders, 1894. Private collection

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), Kalf’s Mill in Knokke, or Windmill in Flanders, 1894. Private collection

Paul Signac (1863-1935), Bow of the Boat, Opus 176, 1888. Private collection

Paul Signac (1863-1935), Bow of the Boat, Opus 176, 1888. Private collection

Georges Lacombe (1868-1916), Bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sainte-Barbe Coast), about 1904. Private collection

Georges Lacombe (1868-1916), Bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sainte-Barbe Coast), about 1904. Private collection

Paul-Élie Ranson (1861-1909), Princesses on the Terrace, 1894. Private collection

Paul-Élie Ranson (1861-1909),* Princesses on the Terrace*, 1894. Private collection

Maurice Denis (1870-1943), The Cook, 1893. Private collection

Maurice Denis (1870-1943), The Cook, 1893. Private collection

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Girl with Cat, 1892, oil on canvas. Private collection

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Girl with Cat, 1892, oil on canvas. Private collection

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