Emile Bernard (1885) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Emile Bernard - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleEmile Bernard
ArtistHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Dimensions54.4 x 43.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationTate Britain, London, UK

About Emile Bernard

The artwork entitled “Emile Bernard” is a significant piece by artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, created in the year 1885. This portrait is an oil on canvas, measuring 54.4 by 43.5 centimeters and exemplifies the Post-Impressionist movement. Currently, it is housed in the Tate Britain, located in London, UK. It is a representation of a genre in art focused on portraiture, wherein the artist captures the essence of a person through facial expression, posture, and subtle use of color and brushwork.

The artwork portrays a young man with an earnest expression, looking directly at the viewer. His face is rendered in smooth, almost delicate strokes, showcasing the subject’s youthful features. The naturalistic yet subdued colors suggest depth and form, while the background remains loose and abstracted, typical of Post-Impressionist techniques. The man appears dressed in a dark jacket with a high collar and a simple tie or cravat visible at the throat, suggesting the formal attire of the period. The artist’s skill in capturing the subject’s gaze and the intricacies of his facial features speaks to Toulouse-Lautrec’s talent for portraiture and his contribution to the development of modern art.

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