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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED ASIAN COLLECTION

Pierre Bonnard
LA PROMENADE DES ENFANTS (ARCACHON)
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 555,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED ASIAN COLLECTION

Pierre Bonnard
LA PROMENADE DES ENFANTS (ARCACHON)
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 555,000 USD
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Pierre Bonnard
1867 - 1947
LA PROMENADE DES ENFANTS (ARCACHON)
Signed Bonnard (lower left)
Oil on canvas
25 1/4 by 26 1/4 in.
64 by 66 cm
Painted in 1929. 
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Provenance

Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired directly from the artist in 1929)
Alphonse Kann, St. Germain-en-Laye
Seized from the above by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg in November 1940 and transferred to the Jeu de Paume, Paris as Menschen auf der Straße (reference Ka1054)
Restituted to Alphonse Kann, July 11, 1947
Sam Salz, New York
Mary & Leigh B. Block, Chicago (acquired by 1966)
Sakai Gallery, Toyko
Acquired from the above

Exhibited

Paris, Salon d'Automne, 1929
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art & Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 100 European Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Leigh B. Block, 1967, no. 26, illustrated in the catalogue (titled Street in Arcachon)

Literature

Francine du Plessix Gray, "Collectors: Mary and Leigh Block" in Art in America, 1966, illustrated in color p. 73
Jean Lipman, ed., The Collectors in America, 1969, illustrated in color p. 110
Jean & Henry Dauberville, Bonnard Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, 1920-1939, vol. III, Paris, 1973, no. 1413, illustrated p. 330

Catalogue Note

La Promenade des enfants (Arcachon) depicts a busy square in Arcachon, a summer destination on the southwestern coast of France which was popular among artists and the bourgeoisie alike. Bonnard, who frequently vacationed in Arcachon, took joy in observing and painting its beaches and busy streets (see fig. 1). The present composition is dominated by the face of a woman on a walk with her child. Placed in the foreground against a backdrop of carriages and families, the positioning of the figures suggests a chance momentary glimpse rather than a carefully staged ensemble. It is this nonchalance of composition that makes the present work one of Bonnard’s most accomplished street scenes. La Promenade des enfants can in many ways can be interpreted as the absolute synthesis of the Impressionist tradition moving towards absolute modernity. While Impressionist street scenes generally convey an exacting yet fleeting view, Bonnard’s employment of unnaturally saturated colors in the present work conveys emotion, individual perspective and a sense of isolation.

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