P. Signac's 'D'Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionisme' : a translation and commentary
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‘Paul Signac's 'D'Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionnisme' : a translation and commentary’ is, to begin with, the first English translation of the painter Signac's treatise written in defense of Neo-Impressionism in 1899. It is one of the rare theoretical treatises written at the end of the 19th century and perhaps more importantly, by an actual participant in the movement. Therefore the treatise's historical interest is unquestionable. In addition to the translation is a brief glossary of technical terms used by Signac but not explained in the text and a colour chart for reference on passages on colour, for Neo-Impressionism was, above all, a movement concerned with colour. The many scientific, literary and artistic sources cited by Signac in the text are either identified in detailed footnotes or, in some instances, in the introduction. The introduction discusses Signac's background and his motives for changing from palette to pen. It also includes a brief comparison of Signac's practice vs his theory with several visual examples. Signac's major sources and the treatise's style are discussed in greater detail. Signac's later career is briefly touched upon particularly in reference to his contact with other artists. In conclusion, it is hoped that this dissertation will provide the reader with enough supplementary material to better appreciate the vital qualities of ‘D'Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionnisme’, and to become better acquainted with its author, Paul Signac.
Thesis, MLitt Master of Letters
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