Paul Sérusier (1864 - 1927), c. 1890
oil on canvas,
54 cm x 74 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij)
Sérusier painted this Breton farmstead in a range of bright colours. He wasn’t aiming to paint exactly what he saw, but divided the picture up into more or less isolated areas of flat colour. He has made the outlines long and flowing – look at the roofs, for example. It is Sérusier’s own, deliberately harmonious, version of reality.
Like Paul Gauguin, Sérusier was a member of the group of artists who spent each summer between 1886 and 1894 working in the Breton coastal village of Pont-Aven. They painted the rugged landscape and the local peasantry.