Pierre Bonnard (Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867 - Le Cannet 1947)

Bather Sold

Pencil, with framing lines in pencil.
Stamped with the Bonnard estate stamp (Lugt 3888) at the lower right.
Inscribed by the artist Marthe 1925 / nu de profil sortant du bain on the verso.
279 x 220 mm. (11 x 8 5/8 in.)


Between 1923 and 1925 Bonnard painted several canvases devoted to the subject of a nude bather in a bathtub or bathroom, a theme also found in several lithographs of the same period. The model for many of these paintings, as for this pencil drawing, was the artist’s wife Marthe, as noted by the artist in his inscription on the verso of the sheet.

This drawing displays a close relationship to two of Bonnard’s paintings. The pose of Marthe in this drawing is very similar to that of the bather drying herself in Bonnard’s large canvas Le grand nu bleu of 1924, as well as the smaller painting Nu à la toilette of the same year; both paintings are today in private collections. The landscape sketch on the verso of the sheet may be a view of the town of Le Cannet, north of Cannes, where Bonnard settled in 1926.

Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, in 1972
Galerie de France et du Benelux, Brussels, in 1975
Dr. Jacques Schotte, Ghent
Private collection, London.




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