Signac executed the short curves and broken lines of this vigorous drawing using a bamboo reed. The small letters, such as the “s” in the tree, are color notations for the finished oil.
By the time Signac made this drawing, he had long since abandoned the practice of making oil paintings out of doors after nature. This sketch is a preparatory work for a canvas completed later in the studio.
The location is the picturesque Mediterranean town of Antibes, a few miles east of Signac’s home in Saint-Tropez. It is identifiable by the towers of the cathedral and the Château Grimaldi, now the Picasso Museum.