Pierre Bonnard was a Post-Impressionist painter and printmaker. Bonnard was born in Hauts-de-Seine, just west of Paris. After studying law to appease his father, Bonnard followed a more artistic path, taking classes at Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Bonnard joined les Nabis, along with Edouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis, merging painting with symbolism.
Les Parisiennes. 1893. lithograph
Marchand des quatre-saisons. 1953 color lithograph
Bonnard created a number of lithographs, as printmaking surged in popularity over the course of his career. His graphic work includes illustrations, posters, portraits and figure drawing.
Little laundry girl. 1895-1896. Lithograph
La Rue, 1927. Lithograph
Place le soir. 1952. Mourlot atelier. “after” Bonnard
One of Bonnard’s favorite subject matters was his wife, who he painted and drew on a regular basis. While some of Bonnard’s prints are printed in black ink, he made a number of multi-color prints, as he was a talented colorist. Bonnard’s prints are greatly valued by museum and private collectors alike. His prints represent a golden age in the history of European printmaking.
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