The Pont-Aven School

The Incantation or The Sacred Wood

Paul SÉRUSIER (1864-1927)

1891

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Paul Sérusier (1864-1927) L’Incantation ou Le Bois sacré, 1891, huile sur toile, 91.5 x 72 cm © musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

82-3-1

Bequeathed by Henriette Boutaric in 1984

H. 91,5 cm - L. 72 cm

As he questions his religious education and searches for a higher spirituality, Sérusier, during his stay in Huelgoat, discovers the many legends connected with Breton forests, particularly those concerned with the ancient Brocéliande.  He pictures women from Huelgoat as Druid priestesses.  At the heart of the forest, three women carry out a ritual by a fire where a small flame can be seen.  The rock resembling the head of a lion serves as an altar.

The Pont-Aven School

The Incantation or The Sacred Wood

Paul SÉRUSIER (1864-1927)

1891

Enlarge picture jpg 166Ko (See the caption hereafter) (modal window)
Paul Sérusier (1864-1927) L’Incantation ou Le Bois sacré, 1891, huile sur toile, 91.5 x 72 cm © musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

82-3-1

Bequeathed by Henriette Boutaric in 1984

H. 91,5 cm - L. 72 cm

As he questions his religious education and searches for a higher spirituality, Sérusier, during his stay in Huelgoat, discovers the many legends connected with Breton forests, particularly those concerned with the ancient Brocéliande.  He pictures women from Huelgoat as Druid priestesses.  At the heart of the forest, three women carry out a ritual by a fire where a small flame can be seen.  The rock resembling the head of a lion serves as an altar.

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