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Pêches dans une assiette
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About the item

Painted circa 1941, Pêches dans une assiette is a vibrant still-life of fruit representing a colourful celebration of nature. The flattened pictorial surface and the tilted perspective infuse this typically intimiste scene with a modernist spirit strongly reminiscent of Matisse’s painting (fig. 1). Set slightly off centre, the marvellously rich arrangement of peaches on a patterned plate dominates the composition, set on a bright orange table that stretches beyond the borders of the canvas. This abandonment of the traditional approach to depth and perspective, coupled with the remarkably vibrant palette, makes this a truly modern composition. \nThroughout his career, Bonnard was always enthralled by light and colour, and this fascination received a fresh impetus during the artist’s stay on the Côte d’Azur. As James Elliott observed: ‘Bonnard was essentially a colorist. He devoted his main creative energies to wedding his sensations of color from nature to those from paint itself – sensations which he said thrilled and even bewildered him. Perceiving color with a highly developed sensitivity, he discovered new and unfamiliar effects from which he selected carefully, yet broadly and audaciously. […] Whether in narrow range or multitudinous variety, the colors move across the surface of his paintings in constantly shifting interplay, lending an extraordinary fascination to common subjects. Familiar sights – the pervading greenness of a landscape, the intensification of color in objects on a lightly overcast day – are given vivid life’ (J. Elliott, in Bonnard and His Environment (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1964, p. 25).\nStamped Bonnard (lower left)
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medium

Oil on canvas

creator

Pierre Bonnard

condition

The canvas is lined. There is no evidence of retouching under ultra-violet light. This work is in very good condition. Colours: Overall fairly accurate in the printed catalogue illustration, although slightly brighter and fresher in the original. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

dimensions

36.5 by 43.3cm.

literature

Jean & Henry Dauberville, Bonnard, catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre peint, Paris, 1973, vol. IV, no. 1608, illustrated p. 45

provenance

Estate of the artist Acquired from the above by the family of the present owners in the 1950s

signedDate

Stamped Bonnard (lower left)

time_period

Painted circa 1941.

consignmentDesignation

Property from a Distinguished Collection

creator_nationality_dates

1867 - 1947


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