Pierre Bonnard, ‘Salon des Cent’, 1896, Rennert’s Gallery

To call viewers to the 23rd Salon des Cent, Bonnard creates a most subtle but stimulating frisson of contrasts: the excitement of the pup, and our anticipation that the woman turns around, so we may see her face; the muteness of the woman, behind her veil, and the complete blankness of the unfinished form facing us. It's a brilliant interpretation of "an announcement of an exhibition" – the paradox of revealing and concealment. This is the rare, hand-signed version, before-letters.

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