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Emile Bernard

Born: Lille, 28 April 1868
Died: Paris, 15 April 1941
Nationality: French

son of a cloth merchant


Atelier of Fernand Cormon (1884-86)


1884 – studies alongside Louis Anquetin and Toulouse-Lautrec at the Atelier Cormon

1886 – becomes acquainted with Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh

1887 – exhibition with Vincent van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec at the Grand Restaurant-Bouillon

1888 – paints alongside Paul Gauguin at Pont-Aven

1889 – exhibits Cloisonnist paintings at the Café Volpini near the Exposition universelle

1892 – Bernard organizes the first French retrospective exhibition of Vincent van Gogh ’s work; exhibits at the Salon de la Rose+Croix

1893 - moves to Cairo (until 1903)

1905 – Bernard founds the art journal Rénovation Esthétique

1910 - publishes Fundamental and Traditional Aesthetics According to the Masters of All Eras (L'Esthétique fondamentale et traditionelle d'après les maîtres de tous les temps)


Italy (1893); Egypt (1893-1903); Venice (1903-04)

Important Artworks: 

Bathers with a Red Cow, 1887 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

Self-Portrait with Portrait of Gauguin in the Background, 1888 (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) 

Madeleine in the Bois d'Amour, 1888 (Musée d'Orsay)

Hashish Smoker, 1900 (Musée d'Orsay)