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Femmes au porcs (Women with Pigs)

Emile Bernard (French, 1868-1941)


In this farmyard scene, Bernard freely distorts the forms of the two women, endowing them with swollen, gently curving shapes. With a droll touch, he places the crouching woman in a posture that parallels the mound of hay behind her and echoes the stance of the pigs she is feeding.

Similar to his approach to composing a painting, Bernard outlines his forms with a dark border that leads the eye continuously around the elements of his image.

Object Information

artist
Emile Bernard (French, 1868-1941)
creation date
1889
materials
zincograph with hand-coloring
dimensions
9 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.
mark descriptions
signed in ink, L.L.: Emile Bernard
accession number
1998.199
credit line
Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee
copyright
© Emile Bernard/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs