Before he had reached age 20, the precocious Bernard worked alongside Paul Gauguin and engaged in a lively correspondence with Vincent van Gogh. Toward the end of 1889, Van Gogh observed a shift in the young artist’s work and noted in a letter to his sister, “Bernard is trying to do elegant, modern figures in the manner of ancient Greek and Egyptian art.” The elongated, seemingly weightless forms in <em>The Nymphs </em>reflect Bernard’s stylistic evolution. This vividly hand-colored woodcut is one of only three known impressions of this print.

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  • Title: The Nymphs
  • Creator: Émile Bernard (French, 1868-1941)
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 59.1 x 47.8 cm (23 1/4 x 18 13/16 in.); Image: 47.5 x 35 cm (18 11/16 x 13 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2015.152
  • Medium: Woodcut, hand-colored with watercolor
  • Inscriptions: lower right, in graphite: a Paul Gachet / Emile Bernard / 1889
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Print Club of Cleveland in honor of the museum's one-hundredth anniversary
  • Collection: PR - Woodcut
  • Accession Number: 2015.152

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