Emile Bernard

Emile Bernard
Two Male Heads (of Saints?)
ca. 1894
Pen and brown ink with graphite on paper.
12 1/2 x 9 1/16 inches (317 x 231 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
© Emile Bernard / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This drawing in pen and brown ink with traces of graphite presents two heads in profile or possibly two studies for a single head. According to an incription on the verso, which reads "Sainte Marie-Madelaine ...", the figures might be related to a series of lithographs Bernard prepared between 1894 and 1897 of various saints and biblical scenes (Daniel Morane, Emile Bernard: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé. Paris, 2000, no. 38-57, pp. 54-58). The series was in a then recently founded journal in Paris known for religious imagery and printmaking, L'Ymagier. (Deborah Silverman, Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art. New York, 2004, p. 450)


Inscribed on verso, in graphite, "Sainte Marie-Madelaine[...]".

Weiss [?]; Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A1246).
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