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Original lithograph printed in five colors (blue, blue-grey, green, rose, yellow) on China paper.
A superb impression of Kornfeld & Wick’s second and final state, from the edition of 1,211 (artist’s edition of 36, deluxe edition of 75, standard edition of 1,100) published in the standard edition of the German art review Pan, Volume IV, no. 1, 1898. Bearing the letterpress text lower left “PAUL SIGNAC, ABEND PAN IV I / FÜNFFARBIGE ORIGINALLITHOGRAPHIE.” Published by Pan; printed by Auguste Clot, Paris, 1897-98.
Catalog: Kornfeld & Wick 20.II.d.
8 x 10 ¼ inches
Sheet Size: 10 7/8 x 14 3/8 inches
In excellent condition, with bright, fresh colors, printed on a sheet with wide margins.
Signac’s composition “Le Soir – Jetée de Flessingue” is a beautiful illustration of the luminosity of color which he created in his Pointillist lithographs, each of the five colors expressed in a pattern of dot-strokes and brought together through the overprinting of one lithographic stone on the next.
This lithograph is one of just ten color prints in the Pointilist style which exist, eight of them drawn by Signac and two by Henri Edmond Cross. It is tragic that difficulty in selling prints at the time when Signac was working discouraged him from drawing more images, for they are amongst the most beautiful and evocative color lithographs of the 1890’s and a wonderful expression of the Pointillist aesthetic.