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Paul Signac: "The art of the colorist has in some ways elements of mathematics and music"

"Art is a creation of a higher order than a copy of nature which is governed by chance..."
"The art of the colorist has in some ways elements of mathematics and music".
"Divisionism is a complex system of harmony, an aesthetic rather than a technique".

"The golden age has not passed; it lies in the future".

"The anarchist painter is not the one who will create anarchist pictures, but the one who will fight with all his individuality against official conventions".

"The Neo-Impressionist does not stipple, he divides. And dividing involves... guaranteeing all benefits of light".

"The Pointillist chooses a means of expression by which he applies colour on a canvas in small dots rather than spreading it flat".

"Frankly, this is my position: I have been painting for two years, and my only models have been your [Monet's] own works; I have been following the wonderful path you broke for us.
I have always worked regularly and conscientiously, but without advice or help, for I do not know any impressionist painter who would be able to guide me, living as I am in an environment more or less hostile to what I am doing.

And so I fear I may lose my way, and I beg you to let me see you, if only for a short visit.
I should be happy to show you five or six studies; perhaps you would tell me what you think of them and give me the advice I need so badly, for the fact is that I have the most horrible doubts, having always worked by myself, without teacher, encouragement, or criticism".
In a letter to Claude Monet, 1880; quoted by Geffroy: Claude Monet, vol. I, p. 175; as quoted by John Rewald, in Georges Seurat', a monograph; Wittenborn and Compagny, New York, 1943. p. 15