43.4 cm x 55 cm (17 1/16 in. x 21 5/8 in.)
(Lille, 1868 - 1941, Paris)
Medium and Support:
Pen lithograph with hand coloring
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2005
While some artists and intellectuals rejected organized religion in general, and Catholicism in particular, others looked to the early Church as a period of genuine spirituality. Bernard was one of these neo-Catholics and his print returns to the linear, flat, static, iconic style characteristic of medieval art and evokes the tradition of hand-colored woodcut prints made for popular devotion in the fifteenth century. The artist attempts to recapture the innocence of an earlier time in the deliberately crude depiction of the Crucifixion.