Sérusier’s ‘The Talisman’ at the Musée d’Orsay : additional time

Paris Musée d’Orsay dedicates an exhibition to Sérusier’s ‘Talisman’ a painting that became an icon of Les Nabis. This landscape with simplified shapes is a “prophecy of color” and you can rediscover it from January 29 to June 2, 2019 at the Musée d’Orsay.

For the “Sérusier’s ‘The Talisman’ A prophecy of color” exhibition, Paris Musée d’Orsay brings together over 60 works by Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard, Maurice Denis, Edouard Vuillard around Sérusier’s masterpiece. An exhibition initially running from January 29 to April 28, 2019 but now enjoying some additional time: it will be displayed until June 2, 2019.

Painted in October 1888, the small painting (270x210mm) by Paul Sérusier under the leadership of Gauguin has become an icon for Les Nabis thanks to his pure and abstract painting. Why? How? The exhibition takes us behind the scenes of the creation with the light of the latest discoveries about the painting.

Le Talisman, Paul Sérusier, 1888 - Musée d'OrsayLe Talisman, Paul Sérusier, 1888 - Musée d'OrsayLe Talisman, Paul Sérusier, 1888 - Musée d'OrsayLe Talisman, Paul Sérusier, 1888 - Musée d'Orsay

The first one to have told the work is Maurice Denis, his first owner, who explained the work was born from a lesson from Gauguin to Sérusier, in the open air in Pont-Avent. He would have aid to Sérusier: “How do you see this tree? Is it really green? Use green, the most beautiful green on your palette. And that shadow, rather blue? Don’t afraid to paint it as blue as possible”.

We know today that this beautiful story about a painting lesson from Gauguin to Sérusier made the student into one of the masters of the Les Nabis is made up since Paul Sérusier, only 23 years old, has released “The Talisman”, a synthetic work highlighting the elements on a simple wooden board, a work that shook art in Paris off and that deserves an exhibition, 130 years after its creation.

This exhibition presents the major impact of Gauguin's advice on the young Sérusier thorugh his letters with Maurice Denis. We then find "theorical" works by Paul Sérusier including Cercle Chromatique, the hot dissonances / cold dissonances and the works of ABC de la Peinture, as well as major works such as Pierre Bonnard’s Les Voiliers régates (circa 1932), Edouard Vuillard’s Le Portrait de Ker-Xavier Roussel dit Le Liseur (circa 1890) and Emile Bernard's La Madeleine au Bois d'Amour inspired by Sérusier.

Madeleine au Bois d’amour, Emile Bernard, 1894 - exposition le Talisman de Sérusier au Musée d'OrsayMadeleine au Bois d’amour, Emile Bernard, 1894 - exposition le Talisman de Sérusier au Musée d'OrsayMadeleine au Bois d’amour, Emile Bernard, 1894 - exposition le Talisman de Sérusier au Musée d'OrsayMadeleine au Bois d’amour, Emile Bernard, 1894 - exposition le Talisman de Sérusier au Musée d'Orsay

All these works have in common the work of the pure color, hard to seize with a camera. We sincerely advise you to discover this very pleasant exhibition, even though short, that allows you to see golden hues on the heavy works of landscapes that look so raw when seen from afar.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 26 April 2019

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Opening Time
From 29 January 2019 to 2 June 2019

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    Location

    62 rue de Lille
    75007 Paris 7

    Prices
    -26 ans UE: Free
    tarif réduit: 11 €
    tarif plein: 14 €

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    For all

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    www.musee-orsay.fr

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    Horaires : 9h30-18h sauf le lundi, nocturnes jeudis jusqu'à 21h45

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