Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Emile Bernard

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Emile Bernard 1885-86 oil on canvas on canvas
54.0 (h) x 44.5 (w) cm
Reference: Dortu P.258 Tate Bequeathed by Arthur Jeffress 1961

Emile Bernard and Lautrec became friends while studying together at the Atelier Cormon. Bernard was expelled after experimenting with colour theory. In this portrait Lautrec adopts a light, bright palette applied with feathery brush strokes, perhaps influenced by the newly developed Pointillist movement. The work signals Lautrec’s growing skill in depicting character, capturing the youthful but determined qualities of his stylishly dressed bohemian friend. Shortly after this portrait was painted, Bernard met Paul Gauguin in Pont-Aven, where they later set up an artist’s colony.

Emile Bernard and Lautrec became friends while studying together at the Atelier Cormon. Bernard was expelled after experimenting with colour theory. In this portrait Lautrec adopts a light, bright palette applied with feathery brush strokes, perhaps influenced by the newly developed Pointillist movement. The work signals Lautrec’s growing skill in depicting character, capturing the youthful but determined qualities of his stylishly dressed bohemian friend. Shortly after this portrait was painted, Bernard met Paul Gauguin in Pont-Aven, where they later set up an artist’s colony.

Emile Bernard and Lautrec became friends while studying together at the Atelier Cormon. Bernard was expelled after experimenting with colour theory. In this portrait Lautrec adopts a light, bright palette applied with feathery brush strokes, perhaps influenced by the newly developed Pointillist movement. The work signals Lautrec’s growing skill in depicting character, capturing the youthful but determined qualities of his stylishly dressed bohemian friend. Shortly after this portrait was painted, Bernard met Paul Gauguin in Pont-Aven, where they later set up an artist’s colony.



Image detail: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge [La Goulue entrant au Moulin Rouge] 1892
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy