About the Artist
Paul Serusier, French, (1863-1927), was perhaps more of a Post-Impressionist and Nabis theorist than a painter. Originally a student of philosophy, Serusier decided to become an painter and painted with Paul Gauguin in Brittany. In depicting the peasants of Brittany, Serusier achieved a muted, contemplative mood by using firm contours and blocks of un-modulated colour.
In later life Serusier became deeply influenced by the school of religious art at the Benedictine abbey of Beuron in Germany and by concepts of religious symbolism and sacred proportions. He became known as a mystic and his work as a theorist is regarded as more important than his paintings. [DES-4/07]