Estate of the artist.
Pierre Renoir, Paris.
Thérèse Bonney, Paris (acquired from the above).
By bequest from the above to the present owner, 1984.
Please note that lots 218 and 289 are being offered from the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Thérèse Bonney Bequest.
Property from the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Thérèse Bonney Bequest, Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund*
Thérèse Bonney's remarkable photographic documentation of the Modernist movement in the 1920s and 1930s has provided a unique record of this very important development in 20th Century Fine and Decorative Arts.
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1916 with a Bachelor's degree in Arts, Ms. Bonney went on to receive her Masters degree at Radcliffe College in 1917, and then began her doctoral studies at Columbia University. Appointed by the American Association of Colleges to study in Paris, as a part of an exchange to foster relations among the allied nations during World War I, Ms. Bonney completed her studies and was awarded her doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1921. She was the youngest individual, only the fourth woman, and the tenth American to receive such an honor.
As founder of the first American illustrated press service in Europe in the 1920s, Bonney recorded, promoted and encouraged awareness of the Modernist movement internationally, through the sale of her work to numerous publications, most notably in America. She wrote a number of books on every aspect of Parisian life, capturing the city's bohemian atmosphere and creative expression in the areas of fine art, fashion, literature and design.
Ms. Bonney was dazzlingly well-connected, counting amongst her friends and acquaintances such luminaries of the artistic and literary avant garde as Jean Lurçat, Raoul Dufy, Alexander Calder, Elsa Schiaparelli, Sonia Delaunay, Gertrude Stein, Le Corbusier, and Marie Cuttoli.
Christie's is pleased to offer lots 218 and 289 on behalf of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Thérèse Bonney Bequest. Christie's will also be offering tapestries and furniture from the Thérèse Bonney Bequest in our 8 December 2004 sale of 20th Century Decorative Arts.
Bernheim-Jeune, ed., L'atelier de Renoir, Paris, 1931, vol. II, no. 706 (illustrated, pl. 224).
Berkeley, University of California, Art Museum, Aren't they Lovely? An Exhibition of the Bequest of Thérèse Bonney, Class of 1916, June-September 1992.
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*This lot may be exempt from sales tax as set forth in the Sales Tax Notice at the back of the catalogue.