Le Verger (The Orchard)

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Pierre Bonnard  (1867 Fontenay-aux-Roses – Le Cannet 1947), Le Verger  (The Orchard), 1899, lithograph printed in five colors, signed in pencil lower right, on Japan paper, a proof aside from the edition of 100, in generally good condition (some rippling from printing process outside of image, with wide margins. Reference: Roger-Marx 48, Bouvet 56. Created for the album Germinal, published by Julius Meier-Graefe, Paris. 13 x 13 3/4, the sheet 17 5/8 x 22 inches.

Provenance:

Unidentified collector (mark verso, circular ink stamp in purple, not in Lugt)

Blindstamp upper right (intertwined letters, possibly the stamp of Julius Meier-Graefe, not in Lugt)

A fine impression with clearly articulated coloring.

This is a scene from his family’s country property at Le Clos, a property composed of vineyards, meadows, orchards, barns located at the foothills of the French Alps. Bonnard spent summers there, virtually every summer from childhood through 1928, including the 1890’s when he was most active in the graphic arts. He did a number of paintings of this (or closely comparable) scenes including The Big Garden (1898, in which the same figure of the woman at the lower right appears carrying a basket of washing), and The Orchard (1895). He also made photos of the family and surroundings. The dog and children in the print are recurring characters in his prints and paintings of the period, as well as the orchard itself.