Port of La Rochelle (1921) by Paul Signac

Port of La Rochelle - Paul Signac - 1921

Artwork Information

TitlePort of La Rochelle
ArtistPaul Signac
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions130 x 162 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Port of La Rochelle

The artwork titled “Port of La Rochelle” is a 1921 oil on canvas painting by Paul Signac, a notable artist associated with the Neo-Impressionist movement. Measuring 130 by 162 cm, this cityscape genre painting is presently held in a private collection. The artwork captures the bustling ambiance of the La Rochelle port with finesse and vivid color.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a scene depicting several sailing boats that occupy the tranquil waters of the port, vividly reflecting Signac’s pointillist technique with small, distinct dots of color applied in patterns to form an image. The composition is anchored by the solid forms of the towers and buildings surrounding the harbor. These structures are executed with a sense of geometric solidity, which contrasts with the gentle undulation of the water and the soft, nuanced sky, showcasing the transition from day to dusk through a masterful use of color and light. The steeple-like towers rise prominently against the backdrop of a sky rendered in shades of pink and violet, which could signify either sunrise or sunset, adding to the painting’s serene mood. The artwork teems with life yet conveys a sense of peacefulness, capturing a moment in time with a distinctive blend of artistic precision and emotive expression characteristic of Signac’s work and of the Neo-Impressionist movement at large.

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