The painting titled “Still Life with Pitcher” was created by French artist Paul Signac in 1919. The artwork is a watercolor and graphite piece, measuring 30.2 x 44.8 cm, and can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Signac’s painting style was heavily influenced by modern theories on optics and color, as well as the Impressionists.
Signac founded an avant-garde painters’ organization with Albert Dubois-Pillet and Odilon Redon. Inspired by the works of Impressionist artists Claude Monet and Georges Seurat, Signac left his studies in architecture to pursue painting full-time. He began developing his own Pointillist style through self-teaching.
The “Still Life with Pitcher” demonstrates excellent use of colors, light and shadow play creating a particular depth perception illusion that speaks to the style developed by Signac himself while keeping true to still life portrayals typical of traditional art forms prevalent at his time. One could argue that there is a flow between what was contemporary art compared to its artistic roots in rendering lifelike images that are distinct on their own but do not deviate from being grounded representations of real-life objects adding another depth layer to this particular masterpiece.