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This painting shows a sweeping view of a verdant valley from Comblat, a small town in the Auvergne, where Signac spent about six weeks in the summer of 1887. Signac described it in a letter as "a fairy-tale valley enclosed between splendid mountains." He painted outdoors, alarming villagers with his startingly modern images. At the time, Signac was working directly under the influence of George Seurat, the innovator of neo-impressionism, and painting in Seurat’s laborious and exacting pointillist technique. Comblat-le-Château, The Meadow, Opus 161, Paul Signac (French, 1863–1935), June-July 1887, Oil on canvas

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