Small Landscape with Seaweed Fishermen, Paul Sérusier
Paul Sérusier
Small Landscape with Seaweed Fishermen
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Paul Sérusier

Small Landscape with Seaweed Fishermen, ca. 1889


Dimensions
21.9 x 33.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 399
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The fishermen collecting seaweed look like dancers in a choreographed routine as they use large rakes to pile up the heaps of pink seaweed on the beach. The stylised figures and formal elements, clearly delineated with dark lines, consist of pure areas of colour without any form of modelling. This painterly method, following the style of Paul Gauguin among others, is characteristic of many of the works by the Nabis, the artists' group of which Sérusier was a co-founder. The central perspective, too, is sacrificed to a decorative overall impression: this small-format picture, painted in Brittany, has no horizon, but the sea and beach are shown as vertical surfaces.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Small Landscape with Seaweed Fishermen
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 61D(BRETAGNE) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (BRETAGNE) (BRETAGNE)

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
... Pauline Kowarzik (1852-1929), Frankfurt am Main
Verkauf an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1926.

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02.07.2020