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Paul Signac
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    (November 11, 1863-August 15, 1935)
    Born in Paris, France
    Neo-impressionist painter
    With George Seurat developed pointillism
    Works include 'Road to Gennevilliers' (1883), 'The Jetty at Cassis' (1889), 'Women at the Well' (1892), 'In the Time of Harmony' (1893), 'The Port of St. Tropez' (1901), 'Grand Canal (Venice)' (1905), 'The Papal Palace, Avignon' (1909) and 'Antibes--Morning' (1914)
    Wrote 'From Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism' (1899)
    Named a Commander of the Legion of Honor (1933)
    When he tried to sketch a Degas painting at the 5th Impressionist exhibit (1880), he was thrown out by Paul Gauguin, who disdainfully said, 'One does not copy here, sir!'
    Pointillism was initially so controversial that the intervention of Camille Pissarro was required before he and Seurat could exhibit with the Impressionists.
    He fell in love with his student, Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange, and had a daughter with her even though they were both married to other people.
    He spent his life overshadowed by Seurat.
    As president of the Salon of the Independents (1884-1934), he encouraged younger artists, exhibiting then-controversial works by the Fauvists and Cubists.
    He was the first person to buy a painting by Henri Matisse.
    He was an excellent sailor who won a number of regattas.
    He popularized the port of St. Tropez as a resort for fellow artists.
    He legitimized his daughter by formally adopting her.

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