Paul Sérusier was born in November of 1864 in Paris, the art capital of the world at that point. As he grew older he fell in love with painting and was especially inspired by the avant-garde movements of the time. He joined the Acadêmie Julian where he studied painting. In 1888 he moved to Pont-Aven and became a part of an art collective group centered around the master Paul Gaunguin. During this time he was very influenced by Gaunguin and began to push the limits of abstract painting and color. He is classified with his colleagues Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis as a post impressionist painter. After leaving the collective some years later he received a job teaching at the Académie Ranson; during which he published several books. Sésuier died in October of 1927 in the french town Morlaix, but his influence is still felt today. His different abstractions and bold use of color went on to inspire many artist in the latter half of the 20th century.