Paris, 1897 Pierre Bonnard (1867 - 1947)
oil on paper on panel,
69.9 cm x 95.0 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij, the Rembrandt Association and the VSB Foundation)
c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2017
Pierre Bonnard might have painted this view of a rainy Paris from his studio window. In the street scene on the right, we see a horse-drawn carriage, while figures with umbrellas hurry past the brightly lit shop windows. The courtyard and the large buildings on the left are an allusion to domesticity.
The expanse of blank wall placed emphatically in the middle makes for a bold composition. This abrupt bisection of the picture plane suggests the influence of Japanese prints, something that was so pronounced in this artist’s work that contemporaries talked of ‘Bonnard, très Japonard’.
The view pictured here occupied Bonnard for years, resulting in around ten paintings and prints. Several of those prints are now in the Van Gogh Museum.
Image: © c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2014