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.
80.9 x 62.5 cm sheet
Not on display
© Pierre Bonnard/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Fin de Siècle: posters prints drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jan 1994–13 Mar 1994
Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Jun 2010–19 Sep 2010
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014
Referenced in 8 publications
Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pp 109-124, Sydney, 1988, col illus p 119.
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pp 78-92, Sydney, 1999, illus p 84.
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.
Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.
Terence Maloon, Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Sydney, 2010, col illus p 129.
Bonnard: The Complete Graphic Work, England, 1981, col illus cover, col illus p 36, col illus p 37. cat no 30
Bonnard Lithographe, Monte-Carlo, 1952, p 58, col illus p 59. cat no 48
Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500-1900, Sydney, 2014, col illus p 187.