Tuesday, March 3, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 65 - With Footnotes

Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947)
Rue Tholozé, c. 1915
Oil on canvas
21 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. (55.5 x 38.3 cm.)
Private collection

Tholozé Street is one of the trendy streets of the Abbesses district. It owes it's celebrity to it's proximity to Montmartre, and  the Moulin de la Galette. This street, 185 meters long and 8 meters wide, owes its name to a general who was famous during the conquest of Algeria, Henri Alexis Tholozé (1781-1853).

Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 — 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. The intimate domestic scenes, for which he is perhaps best known, often include his wife Marthe de Meligny.

Bonnard has been described as "the most thoroughly idiosyncratic of all the great twentieth- century painters", and the unusual vantage points of his compositions rely less on traditional modes of pictorial structure than voluptuous color, poetic allusions and visual wit. Identified as a late practitioner of Impressionism in the early 20th century, Bonnard has since been recognized for his unique use of color and his complex imagery. More on Pierre Bonnard






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