L’Ymagier’s interest in religious Épinal and medieval woodcuts was rooted in a fervent desire to achieve a more authentic form of modern art. For Jarry, archetypal Christian symbols, such as the Passion and the Virgin Mary, possessed universal meaning of continued importance to contemporary artists.
Bernard contributed extensively to L’Ymagier, producing prints that resembled medieval religious woodcuts.
His composition, Herodiade for example, is likely indebted to Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem of the same name.
Caroline Boyle-Turner, The Prints of the Pont-Aven School: Gauguin and his Circle in Brittany, Lausanne 1986
Daniel Morane en Laure Harscoët-Maire, Emile Bernard, 1868-1941: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé, Pont-Aven 2000
Alastair Brotchie, Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life, Boston 2011