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Emile Bernard (1868-1941)
Emile Bernard (1868-1941)

Vue de Pont-Aven (Paysage de Pont-Aven)

Emile Bernard (1868-1941)
Bernard, E.
Vue de Pont-Aven (Paysage de Pont-Aven)
signed 'E. Bernard' (lower right)
oil on canvas
35 x 24 in. (90.2 x 63 cm.)
Painted in 1888
Mr. and Mrs. Clment Altarriba, Paris.
Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
P. Cailler, Art-Documents, no. 225, p. 5 (illustrated).
Le Jardin des Arts, no. 162, May 1968, p. 79 (illustrated).
J.-J. Luthi, Emile Bernard, Catalogue raisonn de l'oeuvre peint, Paris, 1982, p. 24, no. 130 (illustrated, p. 25).
Kunsthalle Bremen, and Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Emile Bernard 1868-1941 Peintures, Dessins, Graveurs, February-June 1967, no. 21 (illustrated).
Pont-Aven, Htel de Ville, Centenaire d'Emile Bernard, June-September 1968, no. 7.
Gothembourg Museum; Lyngby, Denmark, Sophienholm-kunstmuseum, and Stockholm, Thielska galleriet, Emile Bernard, December 1968-August 1969, no. 10.
Mannheim, Stdtische Kunsthalle, and Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Emile Bernard 1868-1941: A Pioneer of Modern Art, May-November 1990, no. 18 (illustrated in color, p. 139; dated circa 1892).

Lot Essay

Emile Bernard befriended Vincent van Gogh in 1886, and it was on the Dutch artist's suggestion that Bernard went to work with Paul Gauguin in the Breton town of Pont-Aven in 1888. They hoped to form a utopian artistic community that embraced the primitive culture of the Breton tradition, an alternative lifestyle far removed from the urban influence of secular, industrialized, modern Parisian life.

Bernard was fascinated with the lush tonalities of the Pont-Aven landscape. This is evident in Vue de Pont-Aven which relates to a group of works painted during the last stage of Bernard's stay in Pont-Aven, just before his departure to the Near-East in 1893. This painting also demonstrates Bernard's keen interest in Czanne's brushstrokes. Bernard admired and collected Czanne's work in the 1890s. In a letter to Andries Bonger in 1891, Bernard confirmed his affinity to Czanne by writing, "Everyone surely recognizes a master and tries to adapt himself as much as possible- for me, that is Czanne." (Emile Bernard 1868-1941: A Pioneer of Modern Art, exh. cat., op.cit.i p. 139).

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