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Emile Bernard

 (1868 - 1941)
Emile Bernard was active/lived in France.  Emile Bernard is known for painter-synthetist.

Emile Bernard

Biography from the Archives of askART

Emile Bernard was born in Lille, France in 1868 and studied at the Academie of Fernand Cormon, where he was a contemporary of Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. He joined Gauguin at Pont Aven and later claimed it was he who in 1888 introduced Gauguin to the "Synthetist" manner.

In 1890 he arranged the first introspective exhibition of Van Gogh's work. He founded the periodical "La Renovation Esthetique" and except for eight years spent teaching in Egypt and the near East, he wrote and published many articles about the painters of his time, including Van Gogh's letters, published in 1893.

He was intelligent, of a philosopical turn of mind, and his publications contained important contributions to the history of art and art theory.

Compiled and submitted August 2004 by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

"The Oxford Companion to 20th Century Art", edited by Harold Osborne

Biography from Auctionata
The French painter and graphic artist, Emile Bernard, who also wrote several theoretic essays, is considered an early representative of the modern art movement and a co-founder of the ‘Cloisonismus’ and the ‘Synthetism’. 

He is a member of the so-called School of Pont-Aven, which was founded by Paul Gauguin.  Their members met in the same name French village in Pont-Aven in Brittany.  Their main aim was to overcome the Impressionist style of painting. (cko)

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About  Emile Bernard

Born:  1868 - Lille, France
Died:   1941 - Paris
Known for:  painter-synthetist