SIGNAC, Paul. Lithograph for the program of the Théâtre Libre. 155 x 180 mm. Executed in 1888; this program was issued for the performance on January 13, 1889.
One of Signac's most striking graphic works. As a Neo-Impressionist associated with the development of Divisionism or Pointillism, the artist has created a work in which the dots of colour were to be mixed by the viewer's eye to resolve the image and produce intense color effects.
"This lithograph, reproduced on the back of the season's program of the theatrical company headed by Antoine, actor and producer of the symbolist theater, foreshadows the optical experiments of the Bauhaus and is an `application of Charles Henry's color circle.' This instrument, like the 'aesthetic protractor,' was intended to analyze the accuracy and beauty of the relations between shapes and colors. Signac was fond of citing Delacroix as a forerunner of their researches: `The art of the colorist is related in certain aspects to mathematics and music'" (Cachin, Paul Signac, p.40).
Kornfeld and Wick, Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre gravé et lighographié de Paul Signac 4.
Item nr. 164746