Feb 14, 2019

Caricature of Paul Gauguin

Caricature of Paul Gauguin


Émile Bernard

(French, 1868–1941)

Watercolor and black ink on paper

Sheet: 19.9 x 15.5 cm (7 13/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Bequest of William Kelly Simpson in memory of his wife Marilyn M. Simpson and her grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 2018.75



Émile Bernard worked closely with Paul Gauguin in the village of Pont-Aven during the late 1880s, adopting a new style that emphasized imagination rather than observed reality. This caricatural portrait dates to their most intense period of collaboration, and shows Gauguin as the leader of a new school of painting, seated regally and holding a walking stick that resembles a scepter.

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