René Bouchet, France Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris Knoedler Gallery, New York Sale: Briest, Paris, 26th November 1993, lot 22 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Jean & Henry Dauberville, Bonnard, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint 1906-1919, Paris, 1968, vol. II, no. 856, illustrated p. 374
‘When my friends and I wanted to further the work of the Impressionists and develop it, we sought to go beyond their naturalist impressions of colours. Art is not nature. We were stricter in terms of compositions. Colour was a means of expression of which we had to take advantage’
Pierre Bonnard speaking to Ingrid Rydbeck
(quoted in Isabelle Cahn & Guy Cocheval (eds.), Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia (exhibition catalogue), 2015, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, p. 33)
The canvas is not lined and appears to have been re-stretched on an original stretcher. The edges are taped. Examination under UV light reveals a few small spots of retouching to pinholes in the upper left corner, and at the centre of the upper and right edges. There are some further small spots of inpainting to the left of the signature and some strokes of retouching to three fine lines, possibly flattened creases: in the tree towards the centre left edge, in the lower right corner and in the foreground at centre left. There are a few tiny spots of paint loss to the top of the trees surrounding the house at centre. There is a fine line of craquelure at lower centre. The pigments are fresh and bright. This work is in good overall condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."