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Place le soir (The Square at Evening), from the series Quelques aspects de la vie de Paris (Some Aspects of Parisian Life)

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Pierre Bonnard, Place le soir (The Square at Evening), from the series Quelques aspects de la vie de Paris (Some Aspects of Parisian Life), 1899, color lithograph on paper, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by members of the Collections Committee in memory of Roger Meier, © artist or other rights holder, 2007.75

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Title

Place le soir (The Square at Evening), from the series Quelques aspects de la vie de Paris (Some Aspects of Parisian Life)

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series (original language): Quelques aspects de la vie de Paris

series (translated): Some Aspects of Parisian Life

Artist

Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947)

Related People

publisher: Ambroise Vollard (French, 1866-1939)

Date

1899

Medium

color lithograph on paper

Edition

edition of 100

State

final state; three of three

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 15 1/4 in x 11 in; sheet: 16 in x 20 7/8 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

planographic print

Culture

French

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by members of the Collections Committee in memory of Roger Meier

Accession Number

2007.75

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

color lithography

lithography

paper

planographic printing

planographic prints

squares

Description

Place le soir (The Square at Evening) is from Pierre Bonnard's most important series of prints, Quelques aspects de la vie de Paris (Some Aspects of Parisian Life), published by Ambroise Vollard in 1899. These images suggest moments captured from the urban milieu. In his night scenes Bonnard explored the effect of electric light on street life. Light emanating from large shop windows extends interiors out of doors and illuminates the passersby. The artist catches fashionably dressed people scurrying by as carriages rumble along. His very brushstrokes suggest the essence of movement. The cropping of forms, a practice derived from Japanese art, as in the fragmentary figure of the woman in the lower left foreground with her lost profile, enhances the immediacy of the scene and turns us into participants.

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