Seaweed Gatherer

Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)

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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.

Paul Sérusier [1863-1927], Paris and Châteauneuf du Faou;
By inheritance to his widow, Marguerite Sérusier [1879-1950];
To her friend Paule Henriette Boutaric, Paris;[1]
Purchased by Sam Josefowitz, Lausanne; [2]
Partial purchase/partial gift to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1998.

[1]Paule Henriette Boutaric collaborated on the publication by Marcel Guicheteau, Paul Sérusier, Paris, 1976.
[2]Josefowitz inventory cards, Curatorial File (1998.181), IMA at Newfields: “Bt. from Mlle. Henriette Boutaric, Paris, 1963 (in exchange for Bernard 'Little Girl.')"

Object Information

artist
Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)
creation date
about 1890
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
18-1/8 x 21-5/8 in. (canvas)
26-1/2 x 30 x 3 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed, lower left in reddish paint: P.S.
accession number
1998.181
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
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945
colors

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