Paul Signac Biography
(French Neo-Impressionist Painter Who Developed the Painting Technique Called 'Pointillism')
Birthday: November 11, 1863 (Scorpio)
Born In: Paris, France
Paul Signac was a French Neo-Impressionist painter, who along with Georges Seurat played a major role in the development of the Pointillist style. A versatile artist, he left behind several oils, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, and pen-and-ink pointillism, the most popular of which were ‘The Dining Room’, ‘Women at the Well’, ‘The Wreckers’, and ‘The Port of Rotterdam’. Born into a family of successful traders, he had a comfortable childhood during which he developed an interest in drawing and painting. He wanted to pursue art as a career but chose to study architecture instead at his family’s insistence. He continued painting during his leisure time as a college student. However, after attending an exhibition of Monet's work, Signac realized that it was his calling to become an artist and dropped out of college. He took lessons with artist Emile Bin and embarked on a career as a painter. His meeting with artist Georges Seurat proved to be a major turning point in the life of the young man. The two artists began working together and developed a method that came to be called Divisionism or Pointillism. Continuing their artistic collaboration, Signac and Seurat teamed up with other artists like Albert Dubois-Pillet and Odilon Redon to found the Société des Artistes Indépendants.