Some paintings have a sense of a higher status because of their popularity and fame. For example, Van Gogh painted a vast array of pictures, but the Sunflowers somehow rose above them. Then there are paintings that are valued even more highly for their importance in art history. Certain pieces capture moments in an artist’s development, or the spark of a movement. The Talisman by Sérusier is one such painting. This alternative landscape – inspired by a session with Gauguin – was a catalyst in the Synthetism movement. Sérusier became a pioneer of abstract art.
Sérusier’s « The Talisman »: A Prophecy of Colour is an upcoming show at the Musee d’Orsay. It showcases the painting and its significance within French art. Art lovers get a chance to learn more about the painting, the artist and the finer details in the use of colour and form. This educational show begins on January 29th and continues until April 28th.
Estelle Guille des Buttes-Fresneau, director, Musée de Pont-Aven
Claire Bernardi, curator, Musée d’Orsay
From 29 January to 28 April 2019
Rue de la Légion d’Honneur,