Pierre Bonnard, ‘Salon Des Cent Original Painting (Maquette)’, 1896, Omnibus Gallery

Year: 1896
Country: France
Condition: A
This graphic is one of the most important graphics of the Turn Of The Century period. When you pair this original art work / maquette next to the poster (which we also have for sale), you can see the many changes Bonnard made while he created the lithography stones. In this maquette there is only the leash and no dog among other things. He also became more daring in this graphic in the way he treated the woman's dress and this is important. With few exceptions, until that time, objects were complete and nothing was left to your imagination. Bonnard only shows the line of the ladies shoulder and the top of her dress,then you can see the dress again at the ground. Your mind makes up the rest of the shape of the dress even though the line is incomplete. If you take this concept of the mind recognizing objects even though they are incomplete even further, you evolve into Cubism, Abstraction, and all sorts of styles causing people to go nuts because the art was changing radically and they wanted their old pillow and blankie back.

This graphic was created for an exhibition of the Salon des Cent, a commercial art exhibition in Paris. The Salon des Cent was a group of one hundred artists, hence the name, though there never was a precise list and the participation varied. The salon had no jury and no prizes, and the artists could choose what they wanted to exhibit, being constrained only by the available space. The Salon des Cent publicized itself as a permanent, constantly changing exhibition of its members' works

Signature: Signed by the artist, inside the dress form.

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

Fair History on Artsy

2013
Armstrong Fine Art at IFPDA Print Fair
2013
Jill Newhouse Gallery at Frieze Masters