Paul Sérusier, LeTalisman © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

Paul Sérusier’s ‘Talisman’. A Prophecy of Color

Jan 29, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019

One hundred and thirty years after Paul Sérusier painted the ‘Talisman’, the small open-air study (270x210mm) inspired by Paul Gauguin’s techniques continues to fascinate. It is the centerpiece of the exhibition with over 60 works by Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard, Maurice Denis, and Edouard Vuillard. With his ‘Talisman’, Sérusier creates a new style of painting and explores the pure, the personal, and the abstract. Immediately considered as an icon by the Nabis movement, the painting becomes the manifesto of a groundbreaking post-Impressionist aesthetic. “A Prophecy of Color” provides an intimate look at Sérusier’s masterpiece.


Estelle Guille des Buttes-Fresneau, Director of the Museum of Pont-Aven
Claire Bernardi, Curator of Paintings at the Musée d’Orsay

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