Farmhouse at le Pouldu by Paul Sérusier

Farmhouse at le Pouldu
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

Inspired by his time in Brittany with Gauguin, Sérusier applies and expands what he has learn in this work. A tableau filled with flattened forms and swathes of colour, even a Breton woman is entirely two-dimensional, emphasizes this is a painting and not an attempt at tricking the viewer. ‘Farmhouse at le Pouldu’ stands out amongst Sérusier’s work because of its unconventionality for a genre scene. At first glance it seems like a traditional countryside depiction but when one looks closer the true decorative objective become evident

Paul Serusier
Post-Impressionism, Les Nabis, Symbolism
Born: 9 November 1864, Paris, France
Nationality: French
Died: 7 October 1927, Morlaix, France

Sérusier studied at the Académie Julian instead of the elite and conservative École des Beaux-Arts. Sérusier was a pioneer of Post-Impressionism and founded Les Nabis, named after the Hebrew word for ‘prophet.’ He sought to paint what he felt as well as what he saw, seeking unity between decorative and fine art. Many of his paintings were intended to fit in with their surroundings, to be aesthetically pleases as they were intellectual. Sérusier work ushered in an era in artistic innovation that pushed painting away from representation to the focus of sensation and evocation

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