Pierre Bonnard ( French, 1867 - 1947 )
Pierre Bonnard experts are not immune to the difficult legibility of this lithograph. Two prominent scholars identified the image as a portrait of a solitary man before Francis Bouvet, author of the catalogue raisonné of Bonnard's prints, pointed out that the man is not alone. A woman's face appears amidst the elaborate markings of her hairstyle and collar.
Emily Schiller, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2016.
Pierre Bonnard: The Graphic Art (1989)
Read or download this exhibition catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Pierre Bonnard, Study for the lithograph "Conversation," 1893
Look at a ink and pencil preperatory drawing for this work. The alternate view may assist in deciphering the profile views of an aggressive mustachioed man on the left and a woman on the right wearing a dark boa and a highly textured hat.