Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired from the artist in 1905)
Fabri (acquired from the above)
Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired from the above on February 27, 1909)
Alexander Duncan, Scotland
Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
Knoedler & Co., New York (acquired from the above on December 29, 1927)
Paul Rosenberg, Paris
Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London (acquired from the above on February 8, 1937)
Sir Keith Murdoch, Melbourne (acquired from the above on November 22, 1939)
Miss I. C. Black (sold: Sotheby's, London, April 26, 1967, lot 25)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, London, November 29, 1994, lot 42)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Paris, Bernheim-Jeune, Bonnard, 1910, no. 2
Melbourne, Melbourne Herald Exhibition, 1939
Gustave Coquiot, Bonnard, Paris, 1922, p. 47
Charles Terrasse, Formes et Couleurs, vol 6, no. 2, Lausanne, 1944, illustrated p. 33
Jean and Henry Dauberville, Bonnard, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, 1888-1905, vol. I, Paris, 1965, no. 330, illustrated p. 298
The Burlington Magazine, London, April 1967, illustrated p. XXIII
The present work depicts a scene in front of Le Clos, the house of Bonnard's paternal grandmother in Le Grand-Lemps (Isère) in southern France. At the turn of the century Bonnard spent many summers at Le Clos, where he would record the activities of his relatives in his painting and in photographs. Depictions of Bonnard's family life were popular subjects in his early work, and this one, painted in 1905, most likely portrays the children of his sister and her husband, the composer Charles Terrasse.
Jorg Zutter has written: "Bonnard spent the holidays at his parents' house Le Clos, at Le Grand-Lemps in the Dauphiné. Many of his interiors and landscapes are infused with the light and lushness of this rural region between Lyons and Grenoble. He was much attached to the house and his stays there were always artistically productive. [...] Many paintings and photographs from about 1900 record Bonnard's family life directly, showing family gatherings or groups of children playing games or bathing in the pool on the large garden. It was also at Le Grand-Lemps that Bonnard developed the ideas for his large decorative landscapes" (Jörg Zutter, Pierre Bonnard, observing nature, (exhibition catalogue), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2003, p. 43).
Fig. 1, The artist's house at Grand-Lemps, circa 1900
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