Paul Signac was the principal follower of Seurat and also produced a large number of pointillist marine paintings. This luminous work is one of a number of ocean views Signac made during the summer of 1888 at Portrieux, a small seaside resort on the north coast of Brittany. He represents the bathing cabins in the stillness of the early morning before the beach has been transformed by the arrival of tourists. The scene is animated by touches of pure color, as in the red cabin steps. The inscription "Op. 185" reflects Signac's practice of giving his paintings opus numbers in the fashion of musical compositions.


  • Title: Portrieux, The Bathing Cabins, Opus 185 (Beach of the Countess)
  • Creator: Paul Signac
  • Date Created: 1888
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 13 1/8 x 18 1/4 inches (33.34 x 46.36 cm) Framed: 22 1/2 x 28 x 2 3/4 inches (57.15 x 71.12 x 6.99 cm)
  • Rights: Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Culture: French

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