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Émile Bernard

French, (1868–1941)
Émile Bernard was a French painter and writer known for contribution to the Cloisonnism movement. Characterized by rich colors bounded by dark outlines, his works gleaned inspiration from the formal and mystical attributes of medieval stained-glass windows. Born on April 28, 1868 in Lille, France, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris before being suspended for not adhering to the academic style of the era. After leaving school, the artist travelled to Pont-Aven on the rugged Brittany coast of France, where he met and exchanged artistic theories with Paul Gauguin. Upon his return to Paris, Bernard became a close friend and confidant of the troubled Vincent van Gogh. Bernard would go on to have an impact on establishing the legacy of Paul Cézanne as well as the Symbolist movement.

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