Art: The Joy Of Color

Long in Seurat's shadow, Paul Signac was a terrific painter in his own right

It may not signify too much in judging his paintings, but Paul Signac (1863-1935) had what comparatively few artists--or people of any kind, for that matter--ever get: an enviably happy life, whose pleasures never reduced him to complacency. He was well off--and generous in buying his friends' pictures. He was talented. He loved the sea and was able to exercise that love by constantly cruising the Mediterranean coast of France in an 11-m cutter christened, in homage to Edouard Manet's infamous nude, the Olympia. (His first and much smaller boat he named, to show his artistic affiliations, the Manet-Zola-Wagner, a heavy...

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