Bonnard by Andre Fermigier
By Andre Fermigier
A famous paintings historian deals an incisive portrait of French artist Pierre Bonnard, in addition to severe remark on his significant works, inventive improvement, and impression on smooth paintings.
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Color lithograph, 14 44 Paris ) 1/8x8 1/4' o ' Wftt the parade ground. girls, c. - 1890. Pen and ink, 7 1893. Pen and ink, 10 X ft 7/8x11 14'. Collection 3/4*. Collection Roland Balay, New Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ansen, Beverly York Hills 45 ^ 4 & v / family scene. 1892. Color lithograph, 8 woman with umbrella. 46 1 1/2X10 895. Lithograph, 17 1/2" 3/8x8 5/8" COLORPLATES Painted 1890 THE PARADE GROUND Oil on canvas, 8 Private 518X11 3/4' collection, Paris This charming picture, one of the manifest, formed in is first in which Bonnard's personality is of the painter's military service, which he per- a recollection 1881 at Bourgoin.
The rather arbitrary This taste for dark-hued painting and manner of manipulating forms and colors evince Bon- nard's remoteness from the basically naturalistic tradition of Impressionism. 54 — . Painted 1898 c. ICE SKATERS Oil on paper, 39 3/8 X 29 Collection Professor Hans 1 /2' R. Hahnloser, Berne This painting probably is most striking of those the in evokes the amusements and pleasures of fin-de-siecle Paris. which Bonnard It represents the Palais de Glace which, with the Alcazar d'fite, the Olympia, and the Jardin de Paris, was one of the gathering-places most fashionable Professor Hahnloser has with some done by Toulouse-Lautrec a poster justification in at the time.
But the young by strong contrasts light. Seated on the from her, she most adorable creatures Bonnard ever painted, a is one of sister in her childish grace to the figures with which Bonnard illustrated Verlaine's Parallele- nunt 58 in the same year. Painted c. " This painting, while very decorative with its tapestrylike background, is also a masterpiece of nard's early intimist mood. After 1899 the artist painted moody, quite scenes, dark and his friend Vuillard. The room many Bon- interior close in tonality and atmosphere to those of floats in a by the glow from two lamps, one in the mysterious twilight, illuminated foreground and the other, lost in the background, casting several vividly colored highlights into the over-all subdued harmony.