Spontaneous and unpolished
In marked contrast to carefully printed belle épreuves, his prints display a casual spontaneity, complete with mistakes, fingerprints, and inkblots.
What made each print even more unique was Bernard’s habit of hand-colouring them using watercolour paint.
Bernard was increasingly influenced in the 1890s by his Catholicism.
He travelled to Constantinople and Egypt in search of the origins of Christianity.
Bernard continued to produce prints in this style for artists’ books well into the 20th century.
Caroline Boyle-Turner, Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, London 1986
Mary-Ann Stevens (red.), Emile Bernard (1868-1941). A Pioneer of Modern Art, Zwolle 1990
Daniel Morane, Emile Bernard 1868-1941. Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé, Paris 2000