By Andre Fermigier
A famous paintings historian bargains an incisive portrait of French artist Pierre Bonnard, in addition to serious statement on his significant works, inventive improvement, and influence on smooth paintings.
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By a clearly drawn outline, space freely into capricious and is entirely arbitrary, the lines swell somewhat mannered arabesques; of fabric patterns and leaves is are delineated the stylization carried to an extreme, the composition and color elements distributed in a purely decorative manner. Comparing these panels to works done by Bonnard's friends at about the same time Maurice Denis or Paul Ranson, for example Bonnard clung to his individual — it — by becomes clear how much freedom while remaining in the Xabi fold.
Do we know whence painting. " Let us put aside Watteau and Char- 40 more as all, so, is the much as Matisse product of a culture. " For no body of work in the twentieth century appears Stendhal : to us to have kept that promise better than nard's. Bon- GRAPHIC WORKS AND DRAWINGS child with lamp. 1 896. Color lithograph, IS 1/8X18 1/8" 41 EHEBRAYf > o*%l BETTE-TINPUEUX- LEZ-REIMS C! s fif/t£f. france-champagne. 42 * 1890. Poster, color lithograph, 30 3/4 X 19 3/4" PAR Ait CHA9U£ AiOlS ™. MntQurt Poster for La fln-w blanche.
He Vuillard, the years following 1891 he exhibited at the Salon Roussel in Bonnard's interest in decoration and illustration did not take him away altogether from des Independants, at Le Bare de Boutteville's, at house Durand-Ruel, and with the Vienna Secession he sent little work ; to the Salon ing, 1904, and in tion at dealers, 26 d'Automne 1906 had often saw whose 1893, and often went to at L'Etang-la-Ville before house at sister work married at Roussel's he himself rented a Marly-le-Roi. In the spirit of his in the year of its found- however, he remained his first one-man exhibi- and Montmartre, to all faithful to the art, Batignolles of that animated, vivid, petit- Bernheim-Jeune's, thereafter his principal bourgeois Paris of flowersellers, young clerks, and though he never bound himself to them by pretty children centering on the Place Clichy: this, : despite occasional sorties to the banks of the Seine "gray" painter, an or to the Champs-LMysees, was Bonnard's Paris.