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Bernard

Painter and designer, Émile BERNARD (1868-1941) made a name for himself as the theoretician behind the "cloisonnisme" and "synthétisme" at the origins of pictorial symbolism. A friend of Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Redon, he was also close to Gauguin whom he had met at Pont-Aven in 1886 and with whom he elaborated these innovative techniques. Beginning in 1893, he travelled, going first to Italy, then moving on to Egypt where he lived for ten years before returning definitively to France in 1904. Full of curiosity and with a profoundly religious turn of mind, Émile Bernard is the subject of a soon-to-be published monograph. Art historian Fred Leeman, aided by the painter's descendants, analyzes the artist's complex evolution and his most significant works, each chosen from different periods. Previously unpublished letters and texts by Émile Bernard as well as documents from the family archives will be used to support this analysis.

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