Feb 20, 2019

Portrait of Paul Sérusier

Portrait of Paul Sérusier


Émile Bernard

(French, 1868–1941)

Gouache and watercolor on thin beige wove paper

Sheet: 41.9 x 27.7 cm (16 1/2 x 10 7/8 in.); Secondary Support: 52.2 x 36.7 cm (20 9/16 x 14 7/16 in.)

Bequest of William Kelly Simpson 2018.76

Did you know?

The subject of this portrait, Émile Bernard, was known as "the Nabi with the red beard" for his distinctive facial hair.


Throughout his career, Émile Bernard made numerous portraits of his friends and colleagues, including this image of the painter Paul Sérusier. The two artists traveled to Florence in 1893 to study Renaissance painting and exchanged portraits of one another while they were there. Bernard portrayed his friend formally, presenting him frontally alongside a notation that the drawing was made during his Italian travels.

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