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The Mask

Le masque

Valère Bernard (French, 1860–1936)


Dimensions

Image: 24.7 x 18.8 cm (9 3/4 x 7 3/8 in.) Sheet: 61.8 x 44 cm (24 5/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

2010.1316.3

Medium or Technique

Etching and aquatint, one of six

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Portfolios

([Paris], l’Ymagier, 1896) 63 cm; original tan wrapper with letterpress, etching on front cover (“Enfant prodigue”) and back cover (“cul-de-lampe”- woman’s head in profile); six etchings loosely inserted; and one additional etching, another impression of the cul-de-lampe, on a different paper.


Known also as La Comédie humaine.
([Paris], l’Ymagier, 1896) 63 cm; original tan wrapper with letterpress, etching on front cover (“Enfant prodigue”) and back cover (“cul-de-lampe”- woman’s head in profile); six etchings loosely inserted; and one additional etching, another impression of the cul-de-lampe, on a different paper.
Dedicated to Louis de Saint Jacques, who recommended Valère Bernard to Rémy de Gourmont, director of the journal l’Ymagier, where this set of etchings was printed and published. L’Ymagier was an Illustrated journal published from October 1894 to December 1896; MFA owns seven (of eight total) issues (1989.177-1989.183). Rémy De Gourmont and Alfred Jarry were the editors, and contributed many texts. The journal was creditied with the revival of the woodcut. They also printed editions of the work of many symbolist artists, including Gauguin,Robertson, Emile Bernard and the douanier Rousseau.

Inscription

Dedication In the plate, lr, "A Louis de Saint-Jacques/affectueusement/Valère Bernard".

Signed

In graphite, lr in margin: Valère Bernard

Provenance

Between the 1950s and 1980s, acquired by Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne, Switzerland and Whitchurch, England; March 19, 2004, sold by Josefowitz to Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo, Marblehead, MA and Naples, FL; 2010, year-end gift of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo