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.
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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|Title||Le port de Rotterdam|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 114 cm
Height 87 cm
|Accession number||St 96|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1952|
|Age artist||About 44 years old|
Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
|Geographical origin||France > Western Europe > Europe|
All about the artist
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...Bekijk het volledige profiel