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Pierre Bonnard ( French, 1867 - 1947 )

DATE:
1930
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General Description

In Ambroise Vollard's Sainte Monique (1930), Bonnard's illustrations came from a range of printmaking methods. He produced twenty-nine drawings that were transferred onto lithographic stones, seventeen etchings, and 178 wood engravings. He worked on the project for nearly a decade.

Bonnard summarized the project in a 1943 letter, "Vollard had conceived of [Saint Monique] in the form of dialogues, like a play. To follow the rhythm of the text and break the monotony of a uniform technique throughout the volume, I introduced etchings and wood engravings. It's a book that was a long time in the making. I started it in 1920, and it wasn't published until ten years later."[1]

[1] Pierre Bonnard to Marguerette Bouvier, Comoedia, 23 January 1943, reprinted in Francis Bouvet, Bonnard: The Complete Graphic Work, (New York: Rizzoli, 1981), 254.

Drawn from

  • Francis Bouvet, Bonnard: The Complete Graphic Work, (New York: Rizzoli, 1981), 254.

  • Ives, Colta, Helen Gianbruni, and Sasha M. Newman, Pierre Bonnard: The Graphic Art, (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989), 242.

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