Vincent Van Gogh’s Friendship with Emile Bernard

Vincent van Gogh most likely met Emile Bernard in 1886 at Fernand Cormon’s studio where they both studied under the well known portrait painter, or perhaps they met a short time later at Père Tanguy’s shop.  Bernard was just 18 years old when he and Van Gogh, 15 years his senior, became friends yet Bernard had already developed his own artistic style. Bernard was dismissed from Cormon’s studio due to his artistic opinions.  He sought his own artistic direction as he walked away from Impressionism as well as the Neo-Impressionism of Seurat and Signac, though he did experiment with pointillism for a short period.  By 1887, Bernard had come to …..

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