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Le port de Rotterdam

Le port de Rotterdam

Paul Signac (in 1907)

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  • Curious Student asked

    I notice that in the description it says that he painted the piece a year after he visited Rotterdam. Where exactly did he paint the piece? What is the location?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Curious Student, Paul Signac made a few drawings from the top floor of a house at the end of the Leuvehaven. From here he looked out over the river Maas, with the Maasbruggen in the background. He used these sketches as models for paintings with Rotterdam harbor scenes, which he made after his return to his atelier in Saint-Tropez. Best regards, Tanja


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In 1906 Signac visited the port of Rotterdam and was greatly impressed. On a postcard with a harbour scene he wrote: 'From my window! What industriousness! I am enthusiastic, but amazed.' He made this painting the following year based on a drawing, which is also in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The combination of the individual dabs of paint creates shimmering light effects.

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Title Le port de Rotterdam
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 114 cm
Height 87 cm
Artists Painter: Paul Signac
Accession number St 96
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1952
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1952
Creation date in 1907
Internal exhibitions Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Maritieme Meesters (2021)
Colour & Light - The Legacy of Impressionism (2023)
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Paul Signac

Parijs 1863 - Parijs 1935

Paul Signac, born in Paris, was involved in founding the Société des Indépendants in 1884. This annual, non-jury exhibition offered admission to all artists...

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