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The European Perspective: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection

February 1, 2003 - November 22, 2004


Drawn from the permanent collection, The European Perspective presents major works by European and European-born artists that highlight artistic accomplishment over the last 300 years. The 1960 limited edition portfolio Toros (gift of the Faith and Ronald Perelman Foundation) includes 15 lithographs by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) that illuminate the poem of the same title by Pablo Neruda. The mature work by the Neo-Impressionist painter Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935) Barque de la Peche (oil, 18 x 23-1/2 inches, not dated, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Leshner) is exemplary. Signac and Paul Seurat (French, 1859-1891) were co-inventors of Pointillism. Grand Canal, Venice by Thomas Moran (born England, 1837-1926), is a studio painting created from watercolor sketches gathered from Moran's travels to Venice (1886, 1890). The painting is indicative of his interest in the maritime scenery and the shimmering, reflective qualities of light and water. Other artists represented include Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953), Albrecht Drer (German, 1471-1528), Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985), Joan Mir (Spanish, 1893-1983), Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944), Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947), and Salvadore Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989).

The centerpieces of this exhibition include Barque de Pche Marseille, a mature work by the Neo-Impressionist painter Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935) whose recognition as a co-inventor of Pointillism has been overshadowed by Paul Seurat (French, 1859-1891).

Barques de Pche Marseille is an exquisite example of the mature work of French Neo-Impressionist painter Paul Signac. Signac and his mentor and friend, Georges Seurat, pioneered what would become known as Neo-Impressionism. Drawing on the Impressionist's interests in the transient effects of light and color (as seen in Claude Monet's work, for example), Signac and Seurat developed a systematic approach to painting that focused on capturing reality through a patterning of color and color harmonies on the canvas. Barques de Pche Marseille is characteristic of the mosaic-like surfaces of color seen in his later work.

Following Seurat's death in 1891, Signac, an avid yachtsman, settled in Saint-Tropez. His love of the harbor and the sea are reflected in the many paintings he created on this subject. A pivotal yet under recognized Neo-Impressionist painter, Signac was the subject of a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during the fall 2001.

  • Funded in part by the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum.

Images:

Left: Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935), Barque de Peche Marseille, oil, 18 x 23-1/2 inches, not dated, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Leshner)

Center: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Toros Portfolio, Lithograph, 440/500, 16 x 20 inches, ca. 1959, Gift of The Faith and Ronald Perelman Foundation, University of Wyoming Art Museum, 82.0157.004

Right: Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985), The Violinist, Lithograph, 31/40, 12-1/4 x 9-1/2 inches, not dated, Gift of Mr. Leonard Millman, University of Wyoming Art Museum, 83.0246.001


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