Portrait of Renoir


Pierre Bonnard ( French, 1867 - 1947 )

c. 1916
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General Description

Pierre Bonnard met the aging Pierre-Auguste Renoir by the fall of 1898. The duo were photographed among the mourners at Stéphane Mallarmé's funeral in September of that year. They established a close friendship over the coming decades and frequently visited each other during sojourns in the south of France. Bonnard's simplified portrait of his ailing father figure was likely based on a photograph and made at the request of Ambroise Vollard.

Drawn from

  • Francis Bouvet, Bonnard: The Complete Graphic Work, (New York: Rizzoli, 1981), 194.

  • Ives, Colta, Helen Gianbruni, and Sasha M. Newman, Pierre Bonnard: The Graphic Art, (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989), p. 202, n. 75.

Fun Facts

  • According to Francois Bouvet's cataogue raissonné of Bonnard's prints, the photograph that acted as the source for this etched portrait may have been taken by Claude Monet and given to Bonnard as a gift.

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