Rare Cabinet by Emile Bernard Acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art


INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today the acquisition of a rare corner cabinet with scenes of Breton life, carved and painted by Pont-Aven School artist Emile Bernard. One of only four known examples of important wood furniture produced by the Pont-Aven School, this cabinet further enhances the IMA’s renowned Pont-Aven School collection—the most distinguished in North America. The Pont-Aven School was named for a remote village in the French province of Brittany where an international group of progressive artists gathered during the 1880s and 1890s. A founder of the School, Emile Bernard (1868–1941) collaborated closely with Paul Gauguin and was an innovator of early modern painting. Inspired by the carving they discovered in Brittany, both artists were moved to create wood sculpture and furniture. The cabinet, acquired from the famed collection of Samuel