Emile Bernard

Emile Bernard was a fellow student of Toulouse-Lautrec with a reputation for artistic audacity. He entered Cormon's atelier in Paris in 1885, but was expelled in the spring of 1886.

Bernard sat twenty times for this portrait, in which Lautrec portrays him more as a young bourgeois than a radical artist. It was probably painted in 1886, when Lautrec moved into his studio in the rue Caulaincourt, Montmartre. It was common for students to sit for each other at the time, as the practice provided convenient and free subject matter. Bernard himself drew a sketch of Lautrec.

Key facts

Artist dates
1864 - 1901
Full title
Emile Bernard
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
54 x 44.5 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Arthur Jeffress 1961
Inventory number
Location in Gallery