Pierre Bonnard: The world beyond

Wonderful, remarkable

The Eclectic Light Company

My final selection of paintings by Pierre Bonnard looks at one of his most interesting pictorial devices: the landscape view through French or other windows.

Bonnard developed a taste for views from high points in his cityscapes of Paris during the last years of the nineteenth century. Many of his paintings from that time adopt a high viewpoint from the second or third floor, and look down on bustling people, carriages, and pets in the street. But as far as I can see, he didn’t include the frame of the window in those views.

bonnardstreetscene1910 Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Street Scene (The Auteuil Viaduct) (c 1910), oil on canvas, 61.5 x 46.3 cm, Private collection. The Athenaeum.

The first sign of him framing a view in this way is in an unusual painting of this Street Scene (The Auteuil Viaduct) made in this town to the west of Paris in about 1910…

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