Charles Louis Eugene Signoret
French Artist (1867-1932)
'Boats at Sunset'
Oil on wooden Panel
10.5 x 13.5 in.
Signoret studied in Paris with many highly respected master painters, including Gabriel Ferrier, Jean Paul Laurens and Jules Lefebvre. He received an Honorable Mention at the Salon des Artistes Francais in 1900, and won the prestigious Ragnecourt-Guyon prize in 1910, followed by a Silver Medal in 1914, and finally the coveted Gold Medal in 1920.
Signoret’s paintings bridge academic painting of the late XIX th century with the modernism of early XX th century artistic movements, creating a synergy between rigorous technique and intense emotional content.
His colorful marine scenes and lush landscape depictions of his native France are richly chromatic and infused with a sense of romantic lyricism reminiscent of the Barbizon school. His bold application of pigment in a series of short, rapidly applied brushstrokes as well as his choice of intensely contrasting colors places him firmly in the school of Post Impressionism. He took particular pleasure in depicting radiant sunsets over the water, rendered by the use of vibrant tonalities subtly nuanced by the dimming intensity of the rays of the sun.