Lot 71
  • 71

Pierre Bonnard

Estimate
500,000 - 700,000 USD
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Description

  • Pierre Bonnard
  • Nu blond assis (├ętude)
  • Stamped with the signature Bonnard (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 32 7/8 by 24 3/8 in.
  • 83.5 by 62 cm

Provenance

Estate of the artist

Private Collection (acquired by 1966)

Exhibited

Tokyo, Fujikawa Gallery & Tokyo, The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Bonnard, 1968, no. 11, illustrated in color in the catalogue 

Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Pierre Bonnard, 1997, no. 55, illustrated in color in the catalogue    

Tokyo, Musée des Beaux-Arts Sompo Japan Seiji Togo; Kagoshima, Musée Municipal des Beaux-Arts de Kagoshima & Tokushima, Musée Préfectoral des Arts Modernes de Tokushima, Pierre Bonnard, 2004, no. 55, illustrated in color in the catalogue 

Literature

Jean & Henry Dauberville, Bonnard, catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint 1920-1939, vol. III, Paris, 1973, no. 2171, illustrated p. 422

Condition

Good condition. The work is lined. Under UV, there are some minimal scattered areas of retouching including a thin line across the figure's right breast and a few specks in the upper left corner.
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Catalogue Note

Bonnard's painting of this voluptuous blond model dates from around 1931, when the artist was living at Le Bosquet, the home he shared with his wife Marthe. Although Marthe was the subject of several depictions of nudes that he did during this period, the present work is one of his rare portrayals of a fair-haired model, rumored to be one of his mistresses. According to the catalogue raisonné, the present work is closely related to no. 1482, which appears to depict the same model.

Bonnard's subjects were always inspired by his immediate surroundings whether he was painting the countryside of the Seine valley, the landscape of the Midi, his own dining room, or the modest interiors of small holiday retreats. Indeed, bathers and nudes were among the most important images in Bonnard's visual vocabulary and personal iconography. Even though we recognize the nudes in his paintings as people deeply involved in his life, whether his life-long companion Marthe, a mistress, or a model, many have been influenced by Bonnard's admiration for classical Greek sculpture. Conscious though he was of the classical ideal, Bonnard was not striving for the perfection of symmetry by balance and compensation, but he makes sure that while the figure contains within itself "the rhythms of movement", it  "always comes to rest at its true centre" (Kenneth Clark, The Nude, London, 1985, p. 33).