It was taking more courage than the young student from Paris was able
to muster. For weeks Paul Sérusier (1865-1927), together with a group
of other students from the Académie Julian, had been working in Pont-Aven,
a picturesque (and cheap) art colony in Brittany where Gauguin was also working.
Though desperate to have the master at least look at his work, the young Sérusier,
well-bred, well-educated, and well-to-do, dared not intrude on Gauguin's group,
though both stayed at the same boarding house. Finally, on the very last day
before he had to return to his studies in Paris, and encouraged by Gauguin's
friend Emile Bernard, Sérusier overcame his timidity enough to show
Gauguin a painting. Gauguin was in bed suffering from dysentery, but he was
sufficiently impressed to take Sérusier next morning to the nearby
Bois d'Armour where he gave him a quick lesson in out-of-doors painting.
Southgate MT. Landscape at Le Pouldu. JAMA. 1998;280(6):492. doi:10.1001/jama.280.6.492
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