Signed in the plate.
Etching produced to illustrate a text by Octave Mirbeau. Published by Ambroise Vollard and printed in 1924 in Paris, from copper plates, on the presses of Louis Fort. Full plate size approx38.5 x 22.5 cm.The plates were destroyed after printing. Total edition size was 350.
Born in France in 1867, Pierre Bonnard began law studies in Paris in 1887. That same year, Bonnard also attended the AcadÃ©mie Julian and in 1888 entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he met Edouard Vuillard, who became his lifelong friend. Bonnard decided to become an artist and by 1890 he gave up law and was painting full time.
He became a member of the Nabis (the prophets) and associated with many of the Impressionists. He is most noted for finding beauty in common everyday things. Often he would paint simple compositions of his wife Marthe and their dog, or a table covered with dishes and fruit. Alongside his work as a painter, Bonnard created a small but exquisite body of lithographs and a very few etchings, mostly of intimate and domestic subjects.
Bonnard met Octave Mirbeau at the Revue Blanche in Paris. The French writerâ��s rough looks and love of excess intrigued Bonnard, who became greatly attached to him. Bonnard took enormous pleasure in making the etchings to illustrate Mirbeauâ��s novel, Dingo, which have been described as models of delicacy and precision in miniature.
Etchings by Bonnard are scarce.
Bonnard died on January 23, 1947, in Le Cannet, France.
Price inclusive of framing and UK delivery.
Please contact us for overseas shipping.