Paul Signac: Opus 217…Portrait of Felix Feneon (1890)

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Paul Signac, Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890,  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller, Image source: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78734

What’s in a Name?

Felix Fénéon was an art dealer, collector, curator, political activist, critic, and friend of Signac who shared the artist’s interests in science and Japanese prints. In this painting Signac depicts this unconventional and enigmatic personality with his characteristic goatee, holding a top hat and a walking stick in one hand and a flower in the other. Combining figuration and abstraction, he sets Fénéon’s static profile against a swirling background—a kaleidoscopic depiction of optical theorist Charles Henry’s recently published color wheel. A similar playfulness underlies the exceedingly long title, possibly a spoof on scientific terminology.

Gallery label from Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection, July 17–August 31, 2009. Museum of Modern Art

I Wonder How Long Signac Worked On This?

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Paul Signac, Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller, Image source: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78734 (detail)
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Paul Signac, Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller, Image source: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78734 (detail).

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Details

  • Paul Signac
  • Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890
  • Medium  Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions   29 x 36 1/2″ (73.5 x 92.5 cm)
  • Credit  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller
  • Image source: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78734
  • Paul Victor Jules Signac (French: [pɔl siɲak]; 11 November 1863 – 15 August 1935) was a French Neo-Impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the Pointillist style.

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