Le Soir [Evening] or La Glaneuse [The Gleaner]
59.3 cm x 42.1 cm (23 3/8 in. x 16 9/16 in.)
(Brittany, France, 1869 - 1903, Chateauneuf-du-Faou, France)
Medium and Support:
Etching, aquatint and roulette printed in brown ink
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase, 2003
Séguin was a follower of Gauguin and adopted from him a belief in the purity of more "primitive" cultures, such as the Breton community in Pont-Aven in northwest France where the two lived in an artists' colony. He offers as an antidote to contemporary society's ills, the redemptive figure of a peasant living simply and humbly off the land in the serenity of nature. Stylistically, he borrowed from his mentor as well, adding to his heavy contours and denial of conventional linear perspective a preference for the arabesque to enliven his otherwise static compositions.