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Les fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire, illustrations by Emile Bernard

26 May 2014 - 15 Aug 2014

NGC Library and Archives

Les Fleurs du Mal, the most famous work of the poet Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), was published in 1857. Many of the themes of his poems are similar to those of his contemporary, the painter Gustave Doré: modern life, cities and crowds, good and evil. They are brought to life by the vivid woodcut illustrations made by artist Émile Bernard (1868-1941) for a fine edition published in 1916.

Émile Bernard, woodcut from Charles Baudelaire, <em>Les Fleurs du Mal</em> (1916) (detail)

Émile Bernard, woodcut from Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal (1916) (detail)