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72). Bernard followed the overall pose, and in particular the placement of the maiden’s correct arm bent at either elbow and wrist to sofa the top. In either examples the eyes are broad open and feature stated scholars. Madeleine’s face is rendered within the linear mode of Gothic sculpture; as within the stone effigy, the forehead traces proceed into the bridge of the nostril, and the lips are sharply outlined. seventy two. Sculpture of the Virgin Mary within the cathedral at Chartres. seventy three. Èmile Bernard. Madeline within the Bois d’Amour, 1888. Bernard’s association of clone of his sister with the tomb effigy is a degree of his organization of Madeleine with the archetypal “virgin in a meadow,” Persephone or Europa, whose blameless flirtation with nature ended in allegorical dying. Bernard made one obtrusive deviation from the pose of the version: the effigy determine has her left quit her genital sector, within the demeanour of Venus pudicita, a gesture that specializes in the woman’s advantage on the comparable second that it attracts the viewer’s awareness to the tabooed position. to conceal it the girl needs to contact it, sofa it in her hand as a useful ownership, therefore bettering its price within the eye of the beholder (an powerful ambiguity that has made Venus the goddess of either chastity and prostitution). Bernard was once moved to repress the gesture lest he undergo a level of incestuous guilt; he shifted the left hand to Madeleine’s waist, competently halfway among breasts and genitalia. Gauguin used to be sufficiently concerned with Bernard’s portray to explain it intimately to van Gogh once they have been in Arles. sixteen A yr later, disturbed via Bernard’s pressured medievalism, van Gogh wrote Bernard a blunt feedback that held up the portray of Madeleine because the optimistic pole of comparability. He chastised Bernard for the affected demeanour of his Adoration of the Magi, a photo of which Bernard had despatched him on the sanatorium at St. Rémy, yet softened the castigation with soothing reviews on an image through Bernard that Gauguin had instructed him approximately: “Last 12 months you probably did an image that I think to be slightly as follows: at the grass, which fills the foreground, lies stretched complete size the determine of a woman in a blue or white gown; at the back of her the sting of a wooden of beech timber, the floor coated with crimson leaves that experience fallen, the tree trunks gray-green giving the impact of vertical stripes. … I stated to myself what an easy topic, and the way good he achieves beauty with not anything. ” seventy four. Vincent van Gogh. caricature of Bernard’s Madeleine within the Bois d’Amour. 1889. To the letter van Gogh additional a comic strip that's both notable facts of his skill to continue photographs (Gauguin’s description of Bernard’s portray was once a 12 months previous) or facts that Gauguin supported the verbal description with a caricature of his personal that van Gogh held in reminiscence (Fig. 74). regardless of the case, one element of Madeleine’s pose is altered in van Gogh’s comic strip: Madeleine’s left hand is put over her pubis; van Gogh (perhaps Gauguin too) restored this hand to the location it has within the version at Chartres.