(1864 – 1927), France

Paul Serusier Biography

Paul Sérusier was formed at the Julian Academy where he met and befriended Maurice Denis. During the summer of 1888, Sérusier went to Britanny in Pont-Aven where he met Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. The latter encouraged Sérusier to abandon the mimetic representation of nature, and to use pure colours as exemplified by Gauguin's sentence 'How do you see the trees? They are yellow. Well then, put down yellow. And that shadow is rather blue. So render it with pure ultramarine. Those red leaves? Use vermillion'. Of this lesson emerged the Talisman (1888) known as Sérusier's masterpiece and as the initiator of Nabi paintings, which are characterised by a representation of nature not as it is seen but as the artist feels it.

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With his œuvre and his new approach of painting - representing a sensation rather than an accurate depiction—Paul Sérusier has been considered as having paved the way for abstraction.

In parallel of his production, Paul Sérusier taught at the Académie Ranson from 1908. He was exhibited at The Salon des Artistes Français for instance, or at Ambroise Vollard's Gallery or Durand-Ruel's. Nowadays, his artworks are exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay, at Pont-Aven's Musée des Beaux-Arts, Washington's National Gallery and Munich's Neue Pinakothek.

Text courtesy Helene Bailly Gallery.

Paul Serusier Featured Artworks

Paysanne au champ by Paul Serusier contemporary artwork painting
Paul Serusier Paysanne au champ Oil on canvas mounted on board
43.8 x 31.8 cm
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Eve et le serpent by Paul Serusier contemporary artwork painting
Paul Serusier Eve et le serpent, 1905 Oil on panel
120 x 60 cm
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La Moisson du sarrasin, vue sur Châteauneuf-du-Faou by Paul Serusier contemporary artwork painting
Paul Serusier La Moisson du sarrasin, vue sur Châteauneuf-du-Faou, 1900 Tempera on canvas
92 x 73 cm
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Éve et le serpent by Paul Serusier contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Paul Serusier Éve et le serpent, 1905 Oil on panel
120 x 60 cm
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