Deux Bretonnes (Two Breton Women)

Deux Bretonnes (Two Breton Women)

Emile Bernard (French, 1868-1941)

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  • Bernard was fascinated by medieval art, and he deliberately chose the angular lines and cruder forms of medieval woodcuts to depict these two women in their traditional Pont-Aven costume. Not specific individuals, they seem to function more as flat shapes defining the composition.
  • Few of the supple lines typical of Pont-Aven School prints appear here, with the notable exception of the tall, sinuous tree. Bernard’s monogram, in reverse, is visible in its foliage at upper right.

Object Information

artist
Emile Bernard (French, 1868-1941)
creation date
about 1891
materials
ink on paper, woodblock print
dimensions
6-1/8 x 11-1/2 in. (image)
8-1/2 x 12-5/8 in. (sheet)
accession number
1998.204
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
colors

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