22 June 2005
Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
Jeune femme assise, torse nu
stamped with the signature 'Bonnard' (upper left)
oil on canvas
22 x 18¼ in. (55.9 x 46.4 cm.)
Painted circa 1905
The artist's estate.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1974.
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J. & H. Dauberville, Bonnard, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, vol. IV, 1940-1947 et Supplément 1887-1939, Paris, 1974, no. 1885 (illustrated p. 245).
In the present work we see Bonnard tackling on of his favourite themes, that of the model caught in the studio in an informal pose. The patterned wallpaper at the upper left, a motif that had occupied Bonnard since the early 1890s, is here used both as an index of the palette as well as a reminder of the enduring influence of Japonisme on his art. The predominant warm earth colours at the upper half of the composition, picked up in the fleshtones of the sitter, give way to lighter tones and blues towards the lower half of the canvas.
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