Lot 308
  • 308

Pierre Bonnard

150,000 - 200,000 EUR
181,250 EUR
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  • Pierre Bonnard
  • Paysage au soleil couchant
  • stamped Bonnard (lower left)
  • oil on canvas


Estate of the artist
Private collection, Paris


Jean & Henry Dauberville, Bonnard, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, 1906-1919, vol. II, Paris, 1968, no. 851, illustrated p. 371

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1916, Paysage au soleil couchant is an intimate work that is part of the group of paintings produced  by Bonnard in the South of France. In 1910, he was struck by the beauty of meridional light. Antoine Terrasse wrote:  “It is a decisive date, he discovered the light of Provence. One can best see his amazement in the three panels entitled Méditerranée that he made for Yvan Morosoff, exhibited in May 1911 at the Bernheim Gallery. He experienced that transparency of the air that leaves all brightness of colour intact, enlivens the red of the rocks, all the blues of the sea; he drank in the perfume of resin and flowers… His colours were already light, henceforth they will always be strong and warm, even his shadows will be intensely coloured.” (in Bonnard, Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Volume II, 1906-1919, Paris, 1968, p.19). During the war, Bonnard was part of the group of artists who had received the order to paint the conflict and he made several trips to the Mediterranean. With its nuances of blue and green against a horizon where a setting sun glows yellow, this painting is the perfect demonstration of Bonnard’s talents as a colorist and of his vision of the world.