Bernard’s Grandmother, 1887
Emile Bernard (1868-1941)
Mrs Bodin-Lallement, Emile Bernard’s grandmother, played a major role in his life. Unlike Bernard’s parents she supported her grandson’s artistic aspirations. The old lady can be regularly found in Bernard’s work. Here he has painted her portrait in a style which recalls a Japanese print, with a composition based on well-defined contours and planes of colour. Thanks to the influence of his friend Van Gogh, Bernard had become fascinated by Japanese prints.