Bateaux à voile
by Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange


Country of origin: France

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed: Signed lower left

Dated: c. 1930

Condition: Very good original condition - some very light age crazing to surface

Size: 24.00" x 32.00" (61.0cm x 81.3cm)

Framed size: 31.00" x 39.00" (78.7cm x 99.1cm)

Provenance: Private collection - United States

Further information

The artist was the wife of Paul Signac who heavily influenced her work

Artist biography

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Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange (1877–1958) was a French neo-impressionist painter who used the art technique of pointillism with her main themes of flowers and gardens. Her painting, Garden at La Lune, Saint-Tropez (1909), shows her signature use of “high-key colors and block-like strokes.”
Some of her oil on canvas works are Garden at La Hune, Saint Tropez (1909), The Flowers, In the Garden (1909), Table blanche, vue sur Saint-Tropez (c. 1930), The Garden, Afternoon Tea, Flowers in the Window, and Bouquet of Flowers.

Selmersheim-Desgrange, raised in a family of artists and architects, became an art student of Paul Signac and later, in 1910, his companion. At the time, Signac was married to Bertha (Robles), and Selmersheim-Desgrange was married to Pierre Desgrange with whom she had three children. In September 1912, Signac and Selmersheim-Desgrange moved to a rented villa in Cap d’Antibes, France and in October 1912 she gave birth to their daughter Ginnette Laurie Anaiis.

In July 1961, Selmersheim-Desgrange’s painting, The Flowers, was one of 57 modern art paintings stolen from the Annonciade Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Tropez, France