La Revue Blanche (The White Review), 1894
Medium:Giclée (Original is in the GVSU Permanent Collection)
Height: 31.75 in
Width: 24.25 in
Dark green silhouette of a woman with hat and child. "La Revue Blanche" papers in background. Title at bottom.
Born into the family of a high-ranking official in the French War Ministry, after a picturesque and happy childhood, in 1886, Pierre Bonnard entered the University of Paris to study law. Concurrently, Bonnard enrolled for evening classes at the Académie Julian, a liberal Parisian art school, where he made friends with Paul Sérusier (1864-1927), Mauris Denis(1870-1943), Henri Ibels (1867-1936) and Paul Ranson (1862-1909). Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially in areas of small brush marks and close values. His often complex compositions, typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members, are both narrative and autobiographical.