About This Artwork

Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947)
printed by Auguste Clot (French, 1858-1936)
published by Ambroise Vollard (French, 1867-1939)

Boulevard, from Some Aspects of Paris Life, 1896

Lithograph in gray-green, charcoal gray, yellow and orange, with handcoloring in black and red crayon, on ivory China paper
175 x 430 mm (image); 400 x 530 mm (sheet)

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club, 1952.1115

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

In this print, Pierre Bonnard incorporated the horizontal format, vertically divided pictorial space, and raised picture plane that are commonly found in prints by Japanese artists such as Katsushika Hokusai. In an 1882 essay published in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, French critic Théodore Duret wrote that Japanese landscape style was "seen from high above, with a perspective which lifts distant planes up to the top of the picture and makes peo­ple and objects stand out not against the background of sky, but against the background of land­scape itself."

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