Paul Signac (1863-1935) Antibes, le fort depuis Juan-les-Pins
signed and located ‘P. Signac antibes’ (lower right)
watercolor, gouache and black chalk on paper
16 1/8 x 11 ½ in. (41 x 29.2 cm.)
Executed in Antibes, circa 1914
Claude Monet, Giverny.
Michel Monet, Giverny (by descent from the above).
Rolande Verneiges, France (gift from the above).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
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Signac and Monet enjoyed something of a symbiotic artistic relationship throughout the course of their friendship, both influencing one another in a myriad of different ways. Indeed, they both left clear marks on one another’s art, their exchanges and correspondence resulting in a number of compositions which explore similar motifs, techniques and themes. For example, Monet’s expedition to Bordighera and Antibes in 1888 clearly inspired Signac to visit the same location almost 30 years later, where he executed the painting Antibes, le fort depuis Juan-les-Pins. Adopting a similar viewpoint to Monet, Signac created his own interpretation of the scenic location, adapting his Pointilist technique to wonderful effect in this watercolor sketch. In fact, the inspiration was mutual; Paul Signac painted Venice in 1906-1908 leading Claude Monet to undertake a sojourn to the floating city, La Serenissima, in 1908 with his wife Alice Hoschedé (lot 150).