|Title||Les Lavandieres en Bretagne|
|Medium & Size||Oil on canvas: 39x33 ½ in. ca.1939|
|Price Band||£5,000 - £10,000|
Émile Bernard was a French Post-Impressionist painter and writer, who had artistic friendships with Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and at a later time, Paul Cézanne. Bernard was accepted as a pupil at the atelier of Fernand Cormon, but was expelled for insubordination. He and his close friend Louis Anquetin felt disillusioned with Pointillism and rejected Neo-Impressionism. Instead the two pioneered a new style, later termed Cloisonnism, with the idea that the painted line was the antithesis of the painted dot. This new painting methodology was defined by a use of flat colours and forms that were outlined by strong, black contours. In August 1886, Emile Bernard met Gauguin in Pont-Aven and again in 1887 when their friendship and artistic relationship grew very strong. Bernard’s style later played a considerable part in the development of Gauguin's mature style.
The present work is a large study of Bernard’s ‘Les Lavandiers en Bretagne’,and viewed from the opposite direction.The small study (28x22 inches) is signed & dated '39 and illustrated in Emile Bernard- A Catolougue Raisonne by Jean-Jacques Luthi ,N.1509, P.242.See image below of this small study which was first sold at Sotheby’s in 1970, and again in Sotheby’s Impressionist Sale , London 26/06/2008 for £13,750.
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