Garden at La Hune, Saint-Tropez

Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange (French, 1877-1958)

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This vibrant landscape features the high-key colors and block-like strokes typical of the later phase of Neo-Impressionism.

During the early 20th-century, many French artists affiliated with the Neo-Impressionist movement settled in southern France, on the Mediterranean Sea. This canvas was painted in Saint-Tropez, at the villa of Paul Signac, where he produced pictures and treatises that introduced a new generation of artists to the principles of Neo-Impressionism.

Selmersheim-Desgrange came from a family of artists and architects. She met Signac in 1909, the same year she painted this canvas and became his life-long companion. Here she deftly manipulates the rectangular strokes to make them conform to the natural shapes of the landscape.

Ginette Signac [1913-1980], daughter of the artist. (Galerie Jean-Claude Bellier, Paris, France); acquired by W. J. Holliday, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1961; bequeathed to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1979 (79.290).

Object Information

artist
Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange (French, 1877-1958)
creation date
1909
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
25-1/2 x 31-5/16 in.
accession number
79.290
credit line
The Holliday Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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