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La revue blanche



Pierre Bonnard


03 Oct 1867 - 23 Jan 1947


The flair and sophistication of the 'fin de siecle' are indelibly stamped on this image. It could serve as an advertisement for a cultural period as opposed to a mere periodical. As a pre-eminent journal of innovation and taste in the 1890s, 'La revue blanche' played a vital part in promoting the work of the generation of artists that included Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. In association with other young artists, these painter-printmakers formed the Nabis, a collective dedicated to decorative principles and daring design strategies. Bonnard was the most gifted and productive graphic artist in the group. Influenced by the example of Gauguin and Japanese prints, he adapted them to a personal style that was edgy and off-hand, at the same time as being masterfully controlled. In this lithographic poster an imperturbably modish woman is jostled by a child of almost feral physiognomy. Niceties of lettering and layout are abandoned in pursuit of the asymmetrical silhouettes and acidic tints that Bonnard relished at the time.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.




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colour lithograph


80.9 x 62.5 cm sheet


Purchased 1978


Not on display

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Artist information

Pierre Bonnard

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Francis Bouvet, Bonnard: The Complete Graphic Work, England, 1981, col illus cover, col illus p 36, col illus p 37. cat no 30

Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pp 109-124, Sydney, 1988, col illus p 119.

Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pp 78-92, Sydney, 1999, illus p 84.

Terence Maloon, Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Sydney, 2010, col illus p 129.

Jane de Teliga. Prints and Drawings Collection 1., Art Gallery of New South Wales collection series, 'Pierre Bonnard: Poster for La Revue Blanche', Sydney, 1981, col illus cover.

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500-1900, Sydney, 2014, col illus p 187.

Claude Roger-Marx, Bonnard Lithographe, Monte-Carlo, 1952, p 58, col illus p 59. cat no 48