Femmes au porcs (Women with Pigs)

Emile Bernard (French, 1868-1941)

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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 a technique Bernard often used in his paintings, he outlines the forms with a dark border that leads the eye continuously around the curving elements of the composition.

Bernard hand painted other versions of this print with different colors, making each impression unique.

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
series
Les Bretonneries
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

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