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La revue blanche



Pierre Bonnard


03 Oct 1867 – 23 Jan 1947

  • Details

    Other Title
    The white review
    Media categories
    Print , Poster
    Materials used
    colour lithograph
    80.9 x 62.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated c.l., [inscribed on stone] "PBonnard 94".

    Purchased 1978
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Pierre Bonnard

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

Other works by Pierre Bonnard

See all 10 works