La Marchande ambulante (The Street Vendor)

Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)

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  • The Street Vendor depicts a rather dour candy seller at her stand in the market at Huelgoat, a central Brittany village. Framed by her black umbrella, the woman and her pinched expression contrast comically with the sweet product she is selling.
  • Sérusier’s paintings and prints often reflected the harshness of Breton women’s lives, bounded by poverty, superstition, and daily toil.
  • Unlike many Pont-Aven School printmakers who experimented with complex techniques, Sérusier preferred to use a straightforward lithography process. The brownish tint in this print was caused by the fading of the light-sensitive paper.

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Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)
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ink on paper, color lithograph
8-7/8 x 5-1/2 in. (image)
12-5/8 x 9-7/8 in. (sheet)
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Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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