|Émile Bernard c1892|
Bernard was born in Lille, France in 1868. The family moved to Paris in 1878 and he began his studies at the École des Arts Décoratifs. In 1884 he joined the Atelier Cormon where he experimented with impressionism and pointillism and befriended fellow artists Louis Anquetin and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. After being suspended from the École des Beaux-Arts for “showing expressive tendencies in his paintings”, he toured Brittany on foot, where he was much taken by the tradition and landscape.
In August 1886, Bernard met Gauguin in Pont-Aven. In this brief meeting, they exchanged little about art, but looked forward to meeting again. Bernard said, looking back on that time, that “my own talent was already fully developed.” He believed that his style did play a considerable part in the development of Gauguin’s mature style.
Bernard spent September 1887 at the coast, where he painted La Grand-mère, a portrait of his grandmother.
|1887 La Grand-mère oil on canvas|
|1888 Self-portrait with portrait of Paul Gauguin, dedicated to Vincent van Gogh|
|1888 Self-portrait (in the role of 'Les Misérables' protagonist Jean Valjean) with Émile Bernard portrait in the background, for Vincent. oil on canvas|
|1886 Boy Sitting in the Grass oil on canvas|
|1886 Orchard at Pont-Aven oil on panel|
|1886 The Entrance to Asnieres, the Haywagon oil on canvas|
|1886 Woman at Saint-Briac oil on canvas|
|1887 Iron Bridges at Asnières oil on canvas © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris|
|1887 Still Life with Flowers|
|1887 Young Woman in Kimono, Reading oil on paper|
|1888 Buckwheat Harvesters at Pont-Aven oil on canvas|
|1888 Madeleine in the Bois d'Amour oil on canvas|
|1888 Portrait de Madame Schuffenecker oil on canvas|
|1888 The Harvest|
|1888 Yellow Tree oil on canvas|
|1889 Breton Peasants oil on canvas|
|1889 Portrait of a Boy in Hat|
|1890 Boats at Pont-Aven oil on canvas|
|c1890 Still Life with Lemons and Goblet oil on canvas|
|1891 Still Life with Pears on a White Tablecloth oil on canvas|