La Mort Du Chevalier (Death of the Knight) by Emile Bernard - Davidson Galleries
Emile Bernard

La Mort Du Chevalier (Death of the Knight)

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Medium: Woodcut with hand-coloring
Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
Signature: Stamped signature
Artist details: French, 1868 - 1941
Date finished: 1892
Condition: Faded; mounted

Also identified as Le Depart Du Chevalier.

Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
"Émile Bernard was an important and well-connected artist of the late 1800s, though his name is not as well-known. Bernard worked closely with Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and others and is considered a pioneer of several modern art movements. Later in life, he made an interesting turn away from such innovative and experimental modern styles back to earlier imagery, like the High Renaissance. La Mort Du Chevalier has a classical feeling, but with some modern elements, like the coloring and facial expressions. I appreciate Bernard's choice to combine a more traditional style and figures with a newer palette and details – the flowers seem to droop in sympathy with the maiden and she lifts her head to the heavens but keeps her eyes closed."