Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Basket of Bananas

Artist:
Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet)
Date:
1926
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
23 5/8 x 25 1/4 in. (60 x 64.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.7
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Bonnard
the artist (1926–28; sold in December 1928 to Bernheim-Jeune); [Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, from 1928]; [Galerie de l'Art Moderne, Lucerne]; private collection, Switzerland (in 1948); [Sam Salz, New York, 1949]; Mr. and Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, New York (1949–his d. 1952); Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, New York (1952–53); [Sam Salz, New York, 1953; sold on April 6, 1953, for $14,000, to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1953–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

Paris. Bernheim-Jeune. "Bonnard: Œuvres récentes," November 24–December 17, 1926, no. 14 (as "Pêches et bananes").

Cleveland Museum of Art. "Pierre Bonnard," March 2–April 11, 1948, no. 45 (as "Still Life with Basket of Bananas," lent by a private collection, Switzerland).

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Pierre Bonnard," May 11–September 6, 1948, no. 45.

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. "An Exhibition of Sixty-Nine Paintings from the Collection of Mrs. Albert D. Lasker," March 6–29, 1953, no. 5 (as "Still Life with Basket of Bananas," 1923).

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Bonnard and His Environment," October 7–November 29, 1964, no. 28 (as "Still Life with Basket of Bananas," 1923, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Gelman, Mexico City).

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

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Bonnard and His Environment," March 31–May 30, 1965, no. 28.

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. 173; as "Basket of Bananas").

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. 197).

François-Joachim Beer. Pierre Bonnard. Marseilles, 1947, pl. 96, as "Les Bananes".

John Rewald. Pierre Bonnard. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. New York, 1948, p. 140, no. 45, ill. p. 90, dates it 1923.

Aline B. Louchheim. "Personal Collector: The Late Albert D. Lasker Pursued Enthusiasms." New York Times (June 8, 1952), p. X6, calls it "Bananas" and indicates that Lasker owned it by winter 1949.

Jean and Henry Dauberville. Bonnard: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 3, 1920–1939. Paris, 1973, p. 256, no. 1312, ill., call it "La Corbeille de bananes" or "Nature morte verte et jaune" and date it 1925.

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. 172–74, 294, ill. (color and bw), identifies the setting as the dining room of Bonnard's new home in Le Cannet, near Cannes, which he purchased in [February] 1926; notes that the same basket appears in "Dining Room at Le Cannet with a Basket of Fruit" (1928; private collection; D1401).

William S. Lieberman 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, p. 1.



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