Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
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Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)

Avant-projet pour "L'Indolente"

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
Avant-projet pour "L'Indolente"
stamped with the signature 'Bonnard' (Lugt 3886; lower left)
oil on canvas
9 1/2 x 11 in. (24.2 x 28 cm.)
Painted circa 1899
The artist's estate.
J. & H. Dauberville, Bonnard, Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre peint, vol. IV, 1940-1947 et Supplément 1887-1939, Paris, 1974, no. 1802, p. 185 (illustrated).
Exh. cat., Bonnard, London, 1998, p. 82 (illustrated fig. 38).
M. James, "Exhibition reviews: London and New York, Bonnard", in Burlington Magazine, CXL, no. 1141, April 1998, p. 278.
S. Newmann, "Exhibition reviews: Pierre Bonnard in London and New York", in Apollo, CXLVIII, no. 440, October 1998, p. 50.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pierre Bonnard, The Graphic Art, December 1989 - February 1990, no. 55, p. 223 (illustrated fig. 232, p. 170); this exhibition later travelled to Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, February - April 1990, and Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, May - July 1990.
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Lot Essay

“Indolence, a small oil sketch painted with a vital directness, brushed with the artist’s finger, seems a spontaneous record of that small moment of epiphany Bonnard sought to remember and document.” (Sasha M. Newman in exh. cat., 1989-1990, op. cit., pp. 170).

L'indolent is one of the first nudes depicted by Bonnard. It was after seeing the work that Abroise Vollard asked Bonnard to illustrate Parallèlement. The final version of the present work hangs in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

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