Monday, February 16, 2015

Paul Signac at Auction

Christie's 2015

With a kaleidoscopic array of vibrant colour, Marseille, le port, 1934, by Paul Signac (1863-1935) is an exuberant painting that bursts with radiant light and movement (estimate: £2-3 million). Depicting one of Signac’s favourite subjects, a maritime scene, this painting captures the bustling port of Marseille. Signac depicted the harbours of France with an unfaltering enthusiasm in the later phase of his career, a pursuit that enabled him to combine his two greatest passions: painting and sailing. A
keen yachtsman, Signac savoured the mix of boats, water and people that populated the ports of towns and cities from Saint-Tropez, to Venice and Constantinople. Marseille, le port is an exultant culmination of Signac’s lifelong exploration into colour and composition.

Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art 8th February 2011

Paul Signac (1863-1935), 
Venise. La Salute Vert, 1908.
Est: £1.8-2.5 million.
Photo: Sotheby's
Lot. Vendu 2,337,250 GBP

Paul Signac’s oil on canvas Venise. La Salute Vert, 1908 (est: £1.8-2.5 million) was inspired by the artist’s visit to Venice following a fascination with the city partly influenced by John Ruskin’s popular The Stones of Venice. Painted in the same year as Monet’s series of paintings of Venice, mosaic-like brushwork is here contrasted with dabs of bright green, blue, pink and yellow pigment, giving the scene the shimmering effect.

Also offered was Signac’s oil on canvas Barfleur, 1931 (est: £900,000-£1.2 million), depicting the port of Barfleur in Normandy. So delighted by this region, Signac bought a little fisherman’s house with a view of the harbour in 1931 - a view of which he never tired of painting.

Sotheby's 2010


LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP

Sotheby's 2011

LOT SOLD. 2,617,250 GBP

Sotheby's 2012


LOT SOLD. 3,625,250 GBP

Sotheby's 2013

LOT SOLD. 245,000 USD

LOT SOLD. 40,625 USD

Lote. Vendido 3,413,000 USD

LOT SOLD. 34,375 USD

LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD

LOT SOLD. 413,000 USD

Sotheby's 2014

LOT SOLD. 3,525,000 USD

LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD


Sotheby's 2015

LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP

LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP

LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP

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Paul Signac (1863-1935)
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Paul Signac (1863-1935)


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