JEANNE SELMERSHEIM-DESGRANGE | Balcon avec Vue sur La Mer
25½" x 36¼" / 65cms x 92cms
Oil on Canvas
- Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange is renowned for her relationship with Paul Signac. The pair met in Paris in the 1890s and Jeanne became his pupil and later his mistress. Through this relationship Jeanne embraced the Neo-Impressionist pointillist style which Signac had developed alongside Paul Seurat. Jeannes direct talent as an artist may be seen in the distinctive compositions of her brilliant still lifes and landscapes. Her watercolours and oil paintings are executed with a delicate palette of pastel tones. Jeanne spent a great deal of time in the South of France, particularly around St. Tropez and Antibes, where Signac and Jeanne settled in 1913. The relaxed atmosphere, the intense light, the brilliant earthen colours, and azure seas all helped to form Jeannes aesthetic. Life in the South of France was focused around the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and Jeannes most spectacular works are those composed of view from a balcony looking onto the glistening Mediterranean beyond.
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