La Fin du Jour (The End of the Day)

Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)

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• Sérusier experimented with different effects of color in his prints. His choice of yellow paper lends The End of the Day a warm, serene tone at odds with the depiction of a harsh rural life in which a laborer seems to sag with exhaustion after a day spent cultivating the fields.

• This version of The End of the Day is a trial proof. The final version was produced by a professional printer in Paris. In the pencil notations he made in the margin of this proof, Sérusier informs the printer that the work is "bon à tirer" (fit to print). He also requests that the printer employ a lighter shade of green in the final version of the lithograph.

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Paul Sérusier (French, 1864-1927)
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color lithograph
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inscribed in pencil, beside image C.R.: vermillion / garance / bleu d'or / noir / blanc / vert / jaune / Bon à tirer / vert plus léger
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Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee
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