Museum Folkwang
L'Africaine
  • Emile Bernard
  • L'Africaine, 1895

  • African
  • Oil on canvas
  • 102 x 86 cm
  • Acquired in 1909 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Inv. G 9
  • CommentaryTogether with Paul Gauguin, whom he met in the artists’ colony of Pont-Aven, Émile Bernard wanted to travel to Madagascar in 1890. After these plans fell through, Bernard left France in 1893, travelling via Italy, Constantinople, Samos and the Sinai to Egypt. He settled in Cairo, wore local clothing and dedicated himself to poetry and painting (including decorating the chapelle at the Seminary of the Pères de la Mission Africaine de Lyon). Bernard lived in the house of a Libanese family called Saati, met there their daughter Hanenah and married her (1894). The couple had five children, of whom only two attained adulthood. Melancholy, sunk in dreams, the woman sits on a divan decorated in Arabic patterns. In his autobiography, Bernard recalls the beauty of this woman and explains that his marriage to a Libanese woman had allowed him to lead a life outside western civilization, at least for a time. Like Tahiti in Gauguin’s eyes, the Arabic quarter in Cairo was a paradise for Bernard. In 1904, Bernard left his wife and returned to France.
  • Provenance1909 spätestens, Ambroise Vollard, Paris
    1909 frühestens - 1922, Kauf bei Vollard, Folkwang Hagen
    1922, Kauf, Folkwang Essen
  • Obj_Id: 2,975
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: L'Africaine
  • Obj_Title2_S: African
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): L'Africaine African L'Africaine Afrikanerin
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1895
  • Jahr von: 1,895
  • Jahr bis: 1,895
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 9
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0009
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 102 x 86 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1909 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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1909 spätestens, Ambroise Vollard, Paris
1909 frühestens - 1922, Kauf bei Vollard, Folkwang Hagen
1922, Kauf, Folkwang Essen