The municipal Museum of Pont-Aven was created in 1985 with the support of the French Museum Department and the Finistère Conseil Général.The modern wing built in 1985 is reserved for exhibitions and the old wing, which was renovated in 1987, houses a historical reconstruction of Pont-Aven at the end of the 19th century as well as the permanent collection dedicated to the Pont-Aven School.
On the first floor of the Museum, a Documentation Centre dedicated to the artists of Brittany from 1860 to 1940 is open to the public all year round. It contains books, catalogues, photographs and manuscripts.
In the audiovisual room visitors can watch films that show more about the exhibits and the Pont-Aven School.
The Museum was established to commemorate and make known the artists who drew their inspiration from Pont-Aven and brought the town to fame.
The Pont-Aven School bringing together more than twenty artists of various nationalities formed around Gauguin in Brittany between 1886 and 1896. They were looking for new forms of artistic expression.This was theorigin of Synthetist or Symbolist art,which was the fruit of the encounter between Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. The School, like a mediaeval guild, lived together in the inns, painting together outdoors and discussing art during the evenings. The arrival of Gauguin in Pont-Aven in 1886 was the catalyst, converting the energy and talent into an avant-garde artistic movement bringing together Emile Bernard, Paul Sérusier, Charles Filiger, Maxime Maufra, Emile Schuffenecker, Roderic O’Conor, Ernest de Chamaillard, Mogens Ballin, Jan Verkade, Meyer de Haan, Maurice Denis, Cuno Amiet, Wladyslaw Slewinski, Henry Moret, Armand Seguin, Henri Delavallée, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, Emile Jourdan,Louis Roy,Charles Laval and J.F.Willumsen.
The Pont-Aven School was immortalised as an expression of collective solidarity that emerged from within the group.In Gauguin’s words,painting acquired “the right to go where noone has gone before” and Brittany found its most distinguished painters.
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