"Mother and Child" Original Lithograph by Pierre Bonnard, 1893
An original lithograph (Extremely Rare) by French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), titled "Mother and Child" from "Petit Solfege Illustre", 1893. Size: 7.75" x 10". Signed "PB" upper right in the plate with the date, 1893.
This moving image of a child and mother examining a music book appeared as the back cover to Bonnard's Petit Solfege Illustre (Little Illustrated Solfeggio), one of Bonnard's earliest and most charming publications, a primer in musical notation for children, bu his brother-in-law Claude Terrasse.
"This child is absorbed in the book, the mother and the child, and because the brushstrokes are all of a kind, if varied in size, the figures merge into their surroundings. With the abstract, curved lines in the background serving to reinforce a sense of enclosure, the scene takes on the feeling of a nest, emphasizing their interdependence." (Helen Giambruni in "Pierre Bonnard:: The Graphic Art," p. 44)
Pierre Bonnard (French: 3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. The intimate domestic scenes, for which he is perhaps best known, often include his wife Marthe de Meligny.
Bonnard has been described as "the most thoroughly idiosyncratic of all the great twentieth- century painters", and the unusual vantage points of his compositions rely less on traditional modes of pictorial structure than voluptuous color, poetic allusions and visual wit. Identified as a late practitioner of Impressionism in the early 20th century, Bonnard has since been recognized for his unique use of color and his complex imagery. "It’s not just the colors that radiate in a Bonnard", writes Roberta Smith, "there’s also the heat of mixed emotions, rubbed into smoothness, shrouded in chromatic veils and intensified by unexpected spatial conundrums and by elusive, uneasy figures."
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 7¾ in | WIDTH: 10 in
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