Ker-Xavier Roussel

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Ker-Xavier Roussel
1867-1944
Seascape
19th century
Oil study on canvas.
8 9/16 x 17 13/16 inches (218 x 453 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
2009.273
Inscription: 

Inscribed at lower left, "K.X. Roussel".

Provenance: 
Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. n/a).
Notes: 

Ker-Xavier Roussel was a central figure in the Nabis, a group of predominantly French artists who formed a secret brotherhood in Paris in 1888-9. Their work was indebted to Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and can be characterized by flat planes of color, often outlined in dark contours. This oil study of a seascape, which is signed at the lower left corner, probably dates to Roussel's later career, when he abandoned the Nabis style and reverted to Neo-Impressionism. The composition was likely painted en plein air.

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