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Richard Green

Pierre Bonnard

Paysage d'automne (environs de Vernon)

Oil on canvas: 21¾ x 28½ in / 55.2 x 72.4 cm Frame Size: 29 x 37 in / 73.7 x 94 cm


In 1912 Pierre Bonnard bought a house, which he named Ma Roulotte (My Caravan), at Vernonnet on the Seine. It was close to the pretty town of Vernon and a few miles west of Giverny, where Monet had lived since 1883; the artists became good friends. From 1909 Bonnard had also discovered the Côte d’Azur, visiting every year and acquiring a home at Le Cannet, above Cannes, in 1926. His landscapes are a delightful alternation between the light of the Midi and the lush, green, rain-drenched Seine valley, or sometimes a dreamlike entwinement of the two.