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Street Scene, Place Clichy

Artist:
Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet)
Date:
1895
Medium:
Oil on cardboard
Dimensions:
13 3/4 × 10 1/2 in. (34.9 × 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.4
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 904
The lively street scene with a stylish woman and fashionable dogs displays Bonnard's early interest in atmosphere and telling detail. A friend of Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard first began earning money as an artist in 1889 with a poster design for France-Champagne.
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Bonnard
the artist (to Bernheim-Jeune); [Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, in 1902]; Thadée Natanson, Paris (until 1908; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 13, 1908, no. 5, as "Scène dans la rue," for Fr 600); Antoine Salomon, Paris (until 1950; sold to Carstairs); [Carstairs Gallery, New York, 1950–51; sold on January 24, 1951, for $2,600, to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1951–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

Paris. Galeries Bernheim Jeune. "Exposition d'œuvres nouvelles par Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Maillol, K. X. Roussel, Vallotton et Vuillard," May 15–25,1902, no. 1 (as "Place Clichy").

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Bonnard and His Environment," October 7–November 29, 1964, no. 6 (as "Street Scene with Two Dogs [Rue à Éragny-sur-Oise]," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Gelman, Mexico City).

Art Institute of Chicago. "Bonnard and His Environment," January 8–February 28, 1965, no. 6.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Bonnard and His Environment," March 31–May 30, 1965, no. 6.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 60).

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 84).

Gustave Coquiot. Bonnard. Paris, 1922, p. 23, as "Scène dans la rue".

Thadée Natanson. Le Bonnard que je propose, 1867–1947. Geneva, 1951, p. 113, no. 5, as "Scène dans la rue".

Jean and Henry Dauberville. Bonnard: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 1, 1888–1905. Paris, 1965, p. 154, no. 101, ill., call it "Scène dans la rue" or "La Place Clichy" and date it about 1895.

Lawrence Gowing in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 18–19, 23, asserts that the woman in this picture reappeared in a poster that Bonnard designed for "La Revue Blanche" [see Ref. Rewald 1989; the poster predates the painting]; states that this picture was painted for Thadée Natanson [see Ref. Ives 1989; the poster was commissioned by Natanson].

Sabine Rewald in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 60–63, 131, 294, ill. (color and bw), dates it about 1895; reproduces the 1894 poster for "La Revue Blanche" depicting a woman in the same wide collared cape.

Colta Ives in Pierre Bonnard: The Graphic Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, p. 105, fig. 150 (color), as "Street Scene"; dates it about 1895.

Jean and Henry Dauberville. Bonnard: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint révisé et augmenté, 1888–1905. 2nd rev. ed. [1st ed., 1965]. Paris, 1992, p. 154, no. 101, ill.

Nicholas Watkins. Bonnard. London, 1994, p. 43, colorpl. 29, calls it "Scène dans la rue" or "La Place Clichy" and dates it about 1895.

Julian Bell. Bonnard. reprint ed. [1st ed., 1994]. London, 1998, pp. 40, 54, colorpl. 5.



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