French artist who was a Postimpressionist painter and theorist.
Originally a student of philosophy, Serusier decided to become an
artist and attended the Académie Julian (1886) in his native Paris.
He painted with Paul Gauguin in Brittany at Pont-Aven (1888) and at
Le Pouldu (1889–90), and in the 1890s he was associated with the
Nabis—many of whom he had known at the Académie Julian—especially as
the movement's theorist. After visiting (1897, 1903) the school of
religious art at the Benedictine abbey of Beuron in Germany,
Serusier became deeply influenced by their concepts of religious
symbolism and sacred proportions. Retiring to Brittany in 1914, he
became known as a mystic and his work in this period as a theorist
is usually regarded as more important than his paintings. In his
earlier works depicting the peasants of Brittany, he achieveda
muted, contemplative mood by using firm contours and blocks of
portant son linge au lavoir
in Nabi costume
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