Seaweed Gatherer

Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)

Currently on View in H208
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Parisian painter Paul Sérusier first visited Brittany in 1888. Encouraged by Gauguin to abandon his traditional approach to painting, he adopted the Pont-Aven School's more independent handling of color and form and their keen interest in surface pattern.

This approach prevails in his view of the coastal region near Le Pouldu. The two reddish-brown mounds are stacks of seaweed, raked from the beach for use as fertilizer. Bending by the stone wall, the flat figure of the lone laborer adds gentle curves to the colorful bands of Sérusier's rolling landscape.

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Object Information

Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)
creation date
about 1890
oil on canvas
18-1/8 x 21-5/8 in. (canvas)
26-1/2 x 30 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed, l.l.: P.S.
accession number
credit line
Samuel Josefowitz Collection of the School of Pont-Aven, through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., the Josefowitz Family, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Betley, Lori and Dan Efroymson, and other Friends of the Museum
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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