La Ronde de Pont-Aven (The Dance at Pont-Aven)

Armand Séguin (French, 1869-1903)

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  • This scene of four young girls holding hands in a Breton dance is one of Seguin’s earliest and most delicate etchings, with fine lines defining their traditional headwear, called coiffes.
  • The print is inscribed “Pont-Aven,” though the image is actually a combination of Pont-Aven elements such as the church spire and houses. The sea, however, cannot be seen from the village.
  • When Seguin arrived in Pont-Aven in early 1891 he was an admirer of Gauguin’s work, though Gauguin had already departed for Tahiti. This subject and composition are close to two paintings of dancing girls by Gauguin from the 1880s.

Object Information

artist
Armand Séguin (French, 1869-1903)
creation date
1891
materials
etching, aquatint and drypoint
accession number
1998.216
credit line
Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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