"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster
"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster

"Le Répit" by Valére Bernard Matte Poster

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Le Répit (1893-1895)
by Valére Bernard
French, 1860-1936

Valère Bernard, also known as Valérie Bernard, was a Provençal painter and poet who expressed himself in the Occitan language. His graphic work is significant, and he is known for his contributions to symbolism, often exploring dark and macabre themes with an anti-war message.
In his series of engravings titled “Guerro,” created between 1893 and 1895, he presents variations around the theme of death, inspired by Francisco Goya.

The title “Le Répit” translates to “The Respite,” suggesting a temporary pause or relief. The imagery of Death suckling a bat could symbolize the nurturing of something typically seen as sinister or ominous, perhaps indicating the cyclical nature of life and death. The bat, a creature of the night often associated with darkness and the macabre, being nurtured by Death, might represent the perpetuation of war and suffering.

In the context of symbolism, the piece would use visual metaphors to delve into the human psyche and the existential realities of mortality and war. Bernard’s use of such powerful imagery would invite viewers to reflect on the consequences of conflict and the transient nature of peace in times of war.

Matte Poster

Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink On archival matte paper Shipped in heavy duty poster tube Heavy weight (210 gsm), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.

  • Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink
  • On archival matte paper
  • Shipped in heavy duty poster tube
  • Heavy weight (210 gsm) and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.