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French painter Paul Sérusier (1863-1927) is best known as the founder of the Nabis, a short-lived grouping of French artists in the late 19th century. Sérusier painted in a synthesist style, an approach, spearheaded by the Neo-Impressionsists that rejected the passivity of the Impressionists in their depictions of nature and encouraged freedom of expression in interpreting the natural world. The Nabis as a group were founded on a similar ideology, frequently employing aesthetic metaphors and symbolism, which helped pave the way for artists and art movements to come. Though the group disbanded in 1899, the Nabis played a major role in the evolution of the avant-garde.

Sérusier began his studies at the Académie Julian in 1885, and in 1888 he traveled to Pont-Aven in Brittany to paint. Here he also met Émile Bernard and Paul Gaugin, two major artists who would greatly influence the trajectory of his career. Sérusier also eventually returned to Brittany to retire in 1914.

Selected Public Collections:
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
National Gallery, London, UK
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pont-Aven
Tate Gallery, London, UK

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Provenance:
  • Ader Picard Tajan, Paris Galerie Dominique Weitz, Paris
  • Ships From: Idaho, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 30.5 in. (58.42 x 77.47 cm.)

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