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Synchromy in Yellow, 1900-1913, or 1915

Paul Sérusier

French, 1864-1927
Oil on canvas
32 x 21-1/2 in. (81.3 x 54.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon
M.2008.1.2.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Paul Sérusier, founder of the Nabi, set in motion a general movement of protest against the strict observance of nature espoused by the Impressionists. Through his expressive use of simplified forms and vibrant color, he paved the path toward abstraction in the twentieth century.

In 1893 Sérusier discovered Châteauneuf-du-Faou, a small town in Brittany not yet frequented by tourists. There he remained, finally building his own house in 1906. The view seen here is likely that which Sérusier enjoyed from his atelier window. In his landscapes from this period, color and rhythm are paramount. He subtly repeats the forms of the three cows in the clustered greenery that tops the outline of each receding hillock.

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