La Porte-fenetre (French windows) by Pierre Bonnard

La Porte-fenetre (French windows) by Pierre Bonnard

La Porte-fenetre (French windows)

Pierre Bonnard

Title

La Porte-fenetre (French windows)

 
Artist

Pierre Bonnard

  1867 - 1947
Year
1927  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
7 1/8 x 4 3/4" platemark 
Signature
unsigned, as are all known impressions. 
Edition Size
one of only 6 unnumbered trial proofs 
Annotations
 
Reference
Bouvet 106; National Gallery 2000.180.90 
Paper
soft Japanese laid in dark cream 
State
unpublished proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
21853 
Price
$2,500.00 
Description

In his classic post-Impressionist fashion, Bonnard presents La Porte-fenetre as a dreamy, summery interior with an opened set of French windows, a small Dachshund seated at the entry and a garden in the background.

An extremely rare proof from a plate originally created for publication in his grand nephew Charles Terrasse's de luxe book on the artist. Cataloger Francis Bouvet records only 6 trial proof impressions, three impressions printed on white wove paper, another three on cream Japanese laid, of which this is one. The plate was not used and no edition appears to have been printed. The plate was canceled.

Bouvet notes: "It was rejected by the painter and was replaced by the engraving "Errand-girls; for this reason no more than a few trial proofs were printed."

There is an impression, printed on the same paper at the National Gallery in Washington, DC, #2000.280.90. We have found no examples of this etching ever having been sold at auction.