Painter. Born Paul Victor Jules, he first studied architecture. At eighteen, after being inspired by the impressionist Claude Monet, he decided to turn his hand to painting. Upon meeting George Seurat, he became both a friend and a disciple. He began to develop the brushstrokes that would later evolve into pointillism. He, along with other painters founded the Society des Artistes Independants (SAI) in 1884. SAI would host exhibitions that were not juried nor gave awards, allowing artists to display without public criticism. These exhibitions continued for over thirty years. In 1886, he met Vincent Van Gogh in Paris and they often painted together. He would also work in watercolors, and do etchings and lithographs. His success allowed him to support arts as well. He wrote several volumes on the theory of art, in particular "From Eugene Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism." In 1908, he was elected president of the SAI and he was the first to buy a painting by Henri Matisse. He died from sepsis in Paris and his body was cremated. In 2010, a painting by Signac, now valued at over US$100,000, was discovered in the Hotel Spaander in the Netherlands. He may have used it to pay for his stay. His impact on 20th century painting was profound. His works are exhibited worldwide including the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Bio by: Winter Birds PA