In the late 1960s Bernède moved into a period of colourful abstraction which lasted until 1984, when
he began to experiment with the almost monochrome style which has become his trademark. But he also uses edges of colour (such as blue or brown) to emphasize and enhance his forms, like grace notes or improvisations on the main design. Improvisation is an apt term, for Bernède's mature work has much in common with music - in its pursuit of rhythm, form and flow. Although his work bears obvious similarities to that of Franz Kline, Bernède was never an imitator, for with Matisse as a starting point, his style evolved instinctively through disciplined research and progress, as his artistic development over the years testifies.
An Jo Fermon