Description & Technical information

It was in Brittany that Sérusier, a young painter of 25 years old, received Gauguin's lesson from which was born the famous "Talisman", marking the advent of the Nabis group. Sérusier would soon come back to Brittany, executing various landscapes of the region, amongst which
views and genre scenes realized in Châteauneuf-du-Faou constituted a vast corpus.
About Sérusier’s craze for this Breton village, Maurice
Denis wrote: "This beautiful location of Châteauneuf has already conquered. Fall is golden, the spectacular aspects and wooded hillsides overlook the canal that winds in silence in the depths of the valley."
In 1905, Sérusier started to build a house on chemin de Duchen Glaz (current rue Sérusier) and the window of his studio overlooked an extraordinary view on the round hills of the Pontadig valley. A few years later, he would decorate with frescoes the parish church of the village.
"La Moisson du sarrasin", realized in fall 1900 during a
painter's stay in Brittany, amazes us by its dull, matte and glowing shades, due to the tempera technique exceptionally used by Sérusier. The emblematic subject had also been chosen by Emile Bernard in one of his
first Synthesist works, "Le Blé noir".

Date:  1900
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Suisse
Medium: Tempera on canvas
Signature: Signed and dated lower left : P. Sérusier ; 1900

Dimensions: 92 x 73 cm (36¹/₄ x 28³/₄ inches)

Dufour collection, France (wedding gift from the artist).

Literature: This work will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre de Paul
Sérusier being prepared by the Sérusier Committee. Notification of
inclusion dated May 3rd, 2016.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints