Developments in the 19th Century



 




Art Styles in 19th century - Art Map


 




SYMBOLISM

in

FRANCE




(Between Romanticism and Expressionism)


 




Paul Serusier

(1864 - 1927)

 


 

 

 

born 1864, Paris died Oct. 6, 1927, Morlaix, Fr.

French artist who was a Postimpressionist painter and theorist.
Originally a student of philosophy, Sérusier decided to become an artist and attended the Académie Julian (1886) in his native Paris. He painted with Paul Gauguin in Brittany at Pont-Aven (1888) and at Le Pouldu (1889–90), and in the 1890s he was associated with the Nabis—many of whom he had known at the Académie Julian—especially as the movement's theorist. After visiting (1897, 1903) the school of religious art at the Benedictine abbey of Beuron in Germany, Sérusier became deeply influenced by their concepts of religious symbolism and sacred proportions. Retiring to Brittany in 1914, he became known as a mystic and his work in this period as a theorist is usually regarded as more important than his paintings. In his earlier works depicting the peasants of Brittany, he achieveda muted, contemplative mood by using firm contours and blocks of unmodulated colour.

 
   

Apple Harvest
Pontaven Tryptych
1891
 
   
Mushroom pickers
1891
 
   
Melancholy
1891
 
   
Jeune Bretonne a la cruche
1892
 
   
Les laveuses a la Laita
1892
 
   
Washerwomen
1892
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
 
   
The Steam
1892
 


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