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INVENTORY OF THE PAUL SIGNAC LETTERS AND SIGNAC FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE, 1860-1935
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Biographical Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Paul Signac letters and Signac family correspondence
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1935
    Collection number: 870524
    Creator: Signac, Paul, 1863-1935
    Extent: 93 items
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: Letters from French painter Paul Signac to several colleagues discussing work in progress, exhibitions, contemporary art, the Société des Artistes Indépendants, and personal and financial matters. A significant number addressed to Edouard Fer, a neo-impressionist disciple whose independent means and connections enabled him to promote Signac's career. Other correspondents include Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Georges Turpin, Henri Martineau, Georges Lecomte, and Luc-Albert Moreau. Most of the letters are Signac family correspondence; some of these are addressed by Paul Signac to his cousins.
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    Language: Collection material in French

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Paul Signac letters and Signac family correspondence 1860-1935, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 870524.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1987.

    Biographical Historical Note

    Parisian painter Paul Signac (1863-1935), a founder of the Salon des Indépendants, developed with Georges Seurat the technique of pointillism, or divisionism, and was a principal adherent and spokesman for the Neo-Impressionist movement. He was the author of the books D'Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionnisme (1899) and Jongkind (1927).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Paul Signac Letters and Signac Family Correspondence contains letters from Signac to several colleagues discussing work in progress, exhibitions, contemporary art, the Société des Artistes Indépendants, and personal and financial matters. A significant number of these letters are addressed to Edouard Fer, a neo-Impressionist disciple whose independent means and connections enabled him to promote Signac's career. Other correspondents include Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Georges Turpin, Henri Martineau, Georges Lecomte, and Luc-Albert Moreau. There is also a draft essay for a review of the Exposition des peintres provençaux held in 1902. Most of the letters in this collection are Signac family correspondence; some of these are addressed by Paul Signac to his cousins. (The repository also holds a significant series of Signac's correspondence within the papers of Theo van Rysselberghe, accn. no. 870305.)
    In his thirty-five letters to Edouard Fer (1916-1932, bulk 1918-1921) Signac discusses the organization of exhibitions, mostly in Switzerland, and the critical reaction to his own work. He does not forget to offer Fer the occasional bit of advice. Other letters include ten to Pissarro (1886-1899) in one of which he comments on Pissarro's stylistic evolution and his own recent landscape painting in the Midi (1897); a letter that recounts the formation of the Société des Artistes Indépendants in 1884 with mention of Redon, Seurat, and Theodore Rousseau; a letter to Georges Lecomte where Signac comments on Symbolism, Puvis de Chavannes, Maximilien Luce, and Lecomte's recent work; a letter from Brussels describing at great length a visit to a foundry (1897); two notes to Henri Martineau pertaining to Signac's study of Stendal (1919, 1928); one letter to an unnamed critic thanking him for a favorable article and describing Signac's trips to Brittany and Provence (1933); and one fragment of a letter in response to an enquete on interior decorating.
    A draft essay of a review of the Exposition des Peintres Provençaux held in Marseilles in 1902, includes an introductory statement on the exhibition followed by remarks characterizing the work of individual painters including Jean Antoine Constantin, Emile Loubon, Auguste Aiguier, Gustave Ricard, Adolphe Monticelli, and Paul Guigou.
    Signac family correspondence deals with family life, children, illness, vacations, money worries, marriages, divorces and so forth. A small number of these are written by Paul Signac to his cousins. The rest are between other family members. Most of the letters seem to be about Julie and Alfred Signac's family—Paul Signac's aunt and uncle. Included are letters from his grandmother, grandfather, and cousins.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in one series.

    Controlled Access terms

    Subjects

    Aiguier, Louis Auguste Lauren, 1819-1865
    Constantin, Jean-Antoine, 1756-1844
    Guigou, Paul, 1834-1871
    Loubon, Emile, 1809-1863
    Luce, Maximilien, 1858-1941
    Monticelli, Adolphe, 1824-1886
    Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre, 1824-1898
    Redon, Odilon, 1840-1916
    Ricard, Gustave, 1823-1873
    Rousseau, Théodore, 1812-1867;
    Seurat, Georges, 1859-1891
    Signac, Paul, 1863-1935
    Société des artistes indépendants (Paris, France)
    Exposition de peintres provencaux (Marseilles, France)
    Art—Exhibitions
    Interior decoration
    Neo-impressionism (Art)
    Painting, Modern—19th century—France
    Painting, Modern—20th century—France
    Symbolism (Art movement)

    Contributors

    Fer, Edouard, 1887-1959
    Guillemot, Maurice
    Lecomte, Georges, 1867-1958
    Martineau, Henri, 1882-1958
    Moreau, Luc-Albert, 1882-1948
    Pissarro, Camille, 1830-1903
    Turpin, Georges, 1885-