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Signature Style

On a recent visit to San Francisco, I was lucky enough to spend a day at the Legion Of Honor Museum's exhibit of

Degas seems to sign his paintings with a tiny script, usually in burnt sienna/orange shade and no matter how large or small the canvas, his signature seems to be the same size.  Mary Cassatt's signature is bold and large and of different colors and different sizes depending on the subject matter and canvas size.  Degas' signature is tiny in comparison.  I tend to be bold with my signatures and notice that many women artists do the same whilst men seem to be more discreet with their signatures.  I suppose this could be an awesome art thesis comparing signatures of artist's depending on their gender.  The museum exhibit fascinated me on so many levels but what has stayed with me was the subtlety of Degas and the extreme drama of Mary Cassatt's signature. 

I now notice how my signature is pushing for attention in many of my paintings and I can't say that I find that attractive.

Do you find signatures distractive in paintings or flattering?  If so, who, why and how?


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