Paul Sérusier

Paul Sérusier
Born Paul Sérusier
(1864-11-09)9 November 1864
Paris, France
Died 7 October 1927(1927-10-07) (aged 62)
Nationality French
Alma mater Académie Julian
Known for Painting
Movement Post-Impressionism
Paul Sérusier, The Talisman/Le Talisman, 1888 Oil on wood, 27 x 21.5 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Paul Sérusier (9 November 1864 – 7 October 1927) was a French painter who was a pioneer of abstract art and an inspiration for the avant-garde Nabis movement, Synthetism and Cloisonnism.[1]


Sérusier was born in Paris. He studied at the Académie Julian and was a monitor there in the mid-1880s.[2] In the summer of 1888 he travelled to Pont-Aven and joined the small group of artists centered there around Paul Gauguin.[3] While at the Pont-Aven artist's colony he painted a picture that became known as The Talisman, under the close supervision of Gauguin. The picture was an extreme exercise in Cloisonnism that approximated to pure abstraction.[4] He was a Post-Impressionist painter, a part of the group of painters called Les Nabis. Sérusier along with Paul Gauguin named the group. Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis became the best known of the group, but at the time they were somewhat peripheral to the core group.

He later taught at the Académie Ranson and published his book ABC de la peinture in 1921. He died at Morlaix.


- Second edition, accompanied by a study on Sérusier's life and work, by Maurice Denis, Librairie Floury, Paris 1942
- Third edition, accompanied by an unpublished correspondence, collected by Madame P. Sérusier and annotated by Mademoiselle H. Boutaric, Librairie Floury, Paris 1950

References and sources

  1. Grove Art Online
  2. Arthur Wesley Dow, Joseph Masheck, Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers University of California Press, 1998. ISBN 0-520-20749-1
  3. Bennard B Perlman: Robert Henri: His Life and Art, page 17. Courier Dover Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-486-26722-9
  4. Harrison, Wood, Gaiger (editors): Art in Theory, 1815–1900 page 1020. Balckwell, 1998. ISBN 0-631-20066-5.
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