Emile Bernard Original 1890 Signed Painting Cloisonnism
Here's an original signed work in oil by Emile Bernard and a pre-eminent example of Cloisonnism, a painting technique pioneered by the artist: * Title: Portrait of Mademoiselle Lecequin * Oil paint on gesso-prepared mahogany panel * Circa 1890 * Signed LL * Panel size: 12½ × 17½ inches * Framed size: 21 × 24 inches * Excellent condition; no conspicuous flaws or faults; no overpaints or restorations * * The painting bears a number of identifying marks on the verso. Some are illegible or partially legible. Most notably, a circular exhibition registrar's label appears in black ink on the LL verso of the panel and reads: "Douane Centrale Expositione." A ghost image of a previous exhibition label appears at the top center verso. Please see the photograph of the verso, taken several years ago, below. The verso is now enclosed behind a dustcover. All framing elements meet current archival conservation standards. * * * * A detailed appraisal of the painting, including extensive provenance back to the artist, is included. * * * * Cloisonnism refers to the painting style of Bernard and several other French artists of the nineteenth century, reminiscent of the look of cloisonné enamel and stained glass windows. Bernard was a pioneer in the development of this technique. * * * * Emile Bernard (France, 1868-1941) painter and writer on art, is closely linked with most of the major art movements of his time, most notably Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and the previously mentioned Cloissonism. He seemed to know everyone, including Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Anquentin (with whom he developed Cloisonnism) and Paul Gaughin, with whom he worked closely in Paris and Pont-Aven, and conducted a voluminous and fascinating correspondence with Van Gogh, publishing a book of Van Gogh's letters to him in 1893. * * * A copy of that book "Vincent Van Gogh Letters to Emile Bernard," edited and translated by Douglass Lord, Museum of Modern Art, 1938. xi, 124 pp, 32 b/w pls. 4to cloth, inscribed and in very good condition, will be included. * * * * " 'There are artists around Gauguin, such asemile Bernard, Maurice Denis, and Paul Serusier, whose smaller oils, and certainly their works on paper, can remain under $100,000," says David Norman of Sotheby's, " in an ArtNews "Best Bets" feature in the Summer 2001 edition. * * * * This splendid example ofemile Bernard's best mature work may be the "best bet" you've been waiting to acquire.