The Pont-Aven School

The Bois d'Amour

Émile BERNARD (1868-1941)

circa 1888-1893

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Emile Bernard (1868-1941) - Le Bois d'Amour, 1894 - Huile sur toile, 61,5 x 51 cm - Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Crayon and aquarelle on paper

78-2-1

Acquired in the art trade in Paris in 1978

H. 21 cm - L. 27 cm

In 1887, Bernard became influenced by Japanese prints and by « Cloisonnism » which had just been invented by Louis Anquetin, and he abandons « Pointillism » for works of simplified form made of stacked blocks of colour.   During the summer of 1888, he shows his work to a very interested Gauguin.  This informal landscape took the name of « Bois d’Amour », a picturesque site upstream from Pont-Aven, but it does not really correspond to the steep, wooded banks of the Aven. 

The Pont-Aven School

The Bois d'Amour

Émile BERNARD (1868-1941)

circa 1888-1893

Enlarge picture jpg 197Ko (See the caption hereafter) (modal window)
Emile Bernard (1868-1941) - Le Bois d'Amour, 1894 - Huile sur toile, 61,5 x 51 cm - Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Crayon and aquarelle on paper

78-2-1

Acquired in the art trade in Paris in 1978

H. 21 cm - L. 27 cm

In 1887, Bernard became influenced by Japanese prints and by « Cloisonnism » which had just been invented by Louis Anquetin, and he abandons « Pointillism » for works of simplified form made of stacked blocks of colour.   During the summer of 1888, he shows his work to a very interested Gauguin.  This informal landscape took the name of « Bois d’Amour », a picturesque site upstream from Pont-Aven, but it does not really correspond to the steep, wooded banks of the Aven. 

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