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Key facts
Full title Emile Bernard
Artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Artist dates 1864 - 1901
Date made 1886
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 54 x 44.5 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Arthur Jeffress 1961
Inventory number L732
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Arthur Jeffress 1961, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
Emile Bernard
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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.

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