Émile Bernard


Émile Bernard lived and worked right at the height of modern art development at the end of the 19th century. He had artistic friendships with van Gogh (whose posthumous recognition he later intensively promoted), Gauguin and later with Cézanne.

Like van Gogh, Bernard was enthusiastic about Japanese woodblock prints and claimed that it was he, not Gauguin, who had developed Cloisonism, a painting technique comparable to medieval stained-glass windows in which the subject is depicted in sharply defined fields of colour. The dispute over this question permanently divided the two artists.

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