Paris 1900 and Post-Impressionism

Signac and the Indépendants

From March 28, 2020 to September 27, 2020

Paris 1900: a revolution was underway during the Belle Époque. “Art for all!” declared artists who exhibited under the motto “no jury, no awards.” Cofounder of the Salon des Indépendants, Paul Signac made a name for himself as the theoretician of the so-called “post-impressionist scientists.” He applied pure colour to the canvas in tightly placed dots, such that the form would emerge from optical blending in the viewer’s eye. He sought to create an all-encompassing art, somewhere between the paradise lost of the golden age and social utopia. Signac championed positivist painting, which promoted technical and political modernity. The new pointillist style of his “Neo” peers spread like wildfire from Paris to Brussels, glorifying the better days to come. Moreover, according to the writings of such critics as Fénéon, Signac positioned himself as an engaged intellectual in the era of the Dreyfus affair.

Discover a magnificent body of paintings and graphic works by Signac and the avant-garde, from Impressionists (Monet and Morisot), to Fauves (Dufy, Friesz and Marquet): Symbolists Gauguin, Mucha and Redon; Nabis Bonnard, Denis, Lacombe, Sérusier, Ranson and Vallotton; Neo-Impressionists Cross, Guillaumin, Luce, Pissarro, Seurat and Van Rysselberghe; and Paris life observers Anquetin, Degas, Lautrec, Picasso and Steinlen. This exceptional private collection is to be exhibited in its entirety for the first time.

An exhibition organized by the MMFA.
Paul Signac (1863-1935), Juan-les-Pins. Evening, 1914, oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm. Private collection. Photo Maurice Aeschiman, Geneva