Harbor. Pointillism.

Blessing of the Tuna Fleet at Groix, 1923


Paul Signac was an avid sailor who owned 32 boats and loved to travel. This landscape depicts tuna boats in the Groix harbor of Brittany, on the west coast of France. The sailboats are partaking in a century-old blessing ceremony, praying for a safe journey and bountiful catch. By juxtaposing complementary colorful dots alongside one another, Signac achieves an energetic effect in this lively yet harmonious composition. His mastery of the pointillist technique renders a luminous surface in the detailed mosaic.



Signac, Blessing of the Tuna Fleet (#097)
Blessing of the Tuna Fleet at Groix
Artist Life
1863 - 1935
Accession Number
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Zoom in on the left to the detail you'd like to save. Click 'Save detail' and wait until the image updates. Right click the image to 'save image as' or copy link, or click the image to open in a new tab.

Harbor. Pointillism.