Paul Sérusier ( French, 1863 - 1927 )
Two cloaked men, thought to be the artist and a companion, enter a mysterious landscape filled with sinuous, undulating lines and unexpected color combinations. A light-filled meadow where ethereal-looking women float among the trees is separated by a dark, rocky outcrop from a group of figures who somberly attend to a woman on the ground, perhaps evoking elements of an ancient Celtic death ritual. In 1888 Paul Serusier moved to an isolated area of France called Brittany, where he diligently studied the customs and religion of that region. The interrelationship of pagan and Christian rituals and the Celtic past of Brittany became the focus of many of his paintings.
Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2010.