Pierre Bonnard, ‘La revue blanche; and Les peintres graveurs (Bouvet 30 & 38)’, 1894 and 1896, Sotheby's
Pierre Bonnard, ‘La revue blanche; and Les peintres graveurs (Bouvet 30 & 38)’, 1894 and 1896, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

Both on wove paper, linen-backed, the second laid down, the first printed by Edward Ancourt, Paris, the second printed by A. Clot, Paris, framed (2 prints).

the first sheet: 810 by 623 mm 31 7/8 by 24 1/2 in
the second sheet: 636 by 473 mm 12 by 18 5/8 in

About Pierre Bonnard

Known for painting light-soaked interiors, nudes and still lives, Pierre Bonnard’s lush canvases echo Claude Monet and Henri Matisse. Bonnard played a central role in Nabis, a group emphasizing the basic aesthetic properties of painting. Describing his method, Bonnard has said, “the principal subject is the surface, which has its color, its laws over and above those of object.” Rather than simply observe and reproduce the world around him, Bonnard sought to instill each picture with, in the words of Nabis colleague Maurice Denis, “a beauty outside nature.”

French, 1867-1947, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France, based in Paris, France