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Signac moved to St Tropez in 1892. He was the first Parisian artist to settle in this remote Mediterranean fishing village. He sought ‘sky, sea, the setting sun’ and a good anchorage for his boat ‘Olympia’.

This is Signac’s preparatory study for a larger painting of the port at St Tropez. The bold colours and technique of sketches like this had a significant impact on artists of the next generation, including Henri Matisse and André Derain.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)



Saint Tropez




oil & graphite on panel


H 18.8 x W 27.1 cm

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bequeathed by Samuel Courtauld, 1948

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