Provenance: a private Parisian collection
The present impression of this
important print is of particular interest as it consitutes a significant color
variant, tending to light pastel tones, quite possibly constituting a working proof as the sheet itself is unmounted, as per the edition.
Kornfeld & Wick note that
"...on rencontre des épreuves avec des différences sensibles dans les couleurs."
["...there are to be found impressions with significant differences in colors""].
They further remark that the edition was only irregularly signed and/or numbered...
Paul Signac was an ardent
and tireless sailor, from Saint Tropez to the North Sea, and his seascapes make up a
major part of his œuvre. There was an important exhibition
focussing on this aspect of Signac's art, held at Giverny in
2013, Signac : les Couleurs de l'Eau (see http://www.mdig.fr/sites/default/files/pdf/dossier_pedagogique_signac.pdf)
* See a closeup of the signature in green crayon (right), by which Signac sought to blend with composition.
A darker impression with an
equivalent signature in the composition may be seen in the MOMA print
Another was sold at Christie's
NY on 5-6 November 2002: