Mother and Child, back cover illustration for "Petit Solfège illustré"
Pierre Bonnard French
Printer Allier Père et Fils French
Not on view
Beginning in 1891, Bonnard collaborated with his brother-in-law, the composer Claude Terrasse, on the illustrations for a children’s music primer. In this design for the back cover, he shows his sister Andrée reading to her son Jean from a book of music. The abstracted musical notes were added to this proof in pen and ink. The artist made additional modifications around the mother’s hairline and to the contours of her face, scraping away certain areas and exposing the white of the paper. Some, but not all, of the corrections indicated on this impression were implemented in the final published print.