Joseph Bernard created most of his sculpted work from 1905 to 1913. He mainly devoted himself to female figures and more particularly to those of young women, in stone, marble or bronze. Two exhibitions were dedicated to the artist in Paris, at Galerie Hébrard in 1908, and at Galerie Manzi Joyant in 1914. He was one of the few sculptors exhibited at the Armory Show in New-York in 1913. A perfect incarnation of the post-Rodin current, he carved a path of his own between Antoine Bourdelle’s expressionism and Aristide Maillol’s classicism.
His female nudes are always depicted with utmost grace and smoothness, with pure and simple lines.