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Landscape in the South (Le Cannet)

Artist:
Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet)
Date:
ca. 1943
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/4 x 28 in. (64.1 x 71.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.158
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 828
Bonnard was a founding member of a group of artists called the Nabis (Hebrew for “prophet”). Once the group began to disintegrate after 1900, Bonnard found inspiration from the Fauve artists who worked in vibrant color. As seen in the Lehman canvas, Bonnard thus began to experiment with the ornamental and aesthetic potential of color.

The lush green footpath in the foreground defines the receding space of this luminous, mosaic-like landscape. On the left, Bonnard shows an orange-roofed house and behind it what appears to be white, square facades of distant buildings. The surface of the canvas is a patchwork of broken brushstrokes that increase in density in the upper register, stretching into horizontal bands that define the distant horizon. The color is bright and vigorously applied, as Bonnard overlays pigments to create bold, textured patterns through tone.
Signature: Signed (bottom right): Bonnard
Purchased from the artist by the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris; Galerie Pétridès, Paris; Sam Salz, New York; acquired from Sam Salz, New York, by Robert Lehman, New York, 1952.
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