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Lot 0623

Lithograph by artist Pierre Bonnard on paper from book suite. This piece was originally housed loose (unbound) in the portfolio. The dimensions are approx. 20 x 18 inches.

An in-house certificate of authenticity is provided; guaranteed as described. This rare work comes professionally gallery framed.

Pierre Bonnard (1867 Ð 1947)ÊPierre Bonnard was a member of theÊSymbolistÊgroup of painters known asÊLes NabisÊ("prophets" or "seers"), and so subscribed to the Nabi doctrine of abandoning three-dimensional modeling in favor of flat color areas. However, although Bonnard was a member of this group, he was not interested in obscure Symbolist subject matter and was not a mystic. Instead, he was satisfied - even fascinated and delighted by - the scenes of simple daily life around him. Because of this, he has been called an "intimist." Bonnard has also been cited for his unique expression of wit in and through painting.Ê

In a 2009 review of Bonnard inÊThe New Republic, Jed Perl saw in Bonnard's work a "quality that might be characterized as perceptual wit - an instinct for what will work in a painting. Almost invariably he recognizes the precise point where his voluptuousness may be getting out of hand, where he needs to introduce an ironic note. Bonnard's wit has everything to do with the eccentric nature of his compositions. He finds it funny to sneak a figure into a corner, or have a cat staring out at the viewer. His metaphoric caprices have a comic edge, as when he turns a figure into a pattern in the wallpaper. And when he imagines a basket of fruit as a heap of emeralds and rubies and diamonds, he does so with the panache of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat."


This beautiful work is in excellent age appropriate condition, comes professionally framed and ships for free to the USA.

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