Pierre Bonnard 1867-1947
N04494 La Fenêtre (The Window) 1925
Inscribed 'Bonnard' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 42 3/4 x 34 7/8 (108.5 x 88.5)
Presented by Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill through the CAS 1930
Prov: With Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (purchased from the artist, 16 February 1927); with Independent Gallery, London, 1927; Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill, London
Exh: The CAS: Second Loan Exhibition of Foreign Paintings, M. Knoedler, London, February 1928 (59); Bonnard, de Hauke & Co., New York, April 1928 (16); Acquisitions of the CAS, Tate Gallery, September-October 1946 (6); Paintings by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, RSA, Edinburgh, August-September 1948 (36, repr.); Pierre Bonnard, RA, London, January-March 1966 (178, repr.); Pierre Bonnard, Haus der Kunst, Munich, October 1966-January 1967 (99, repr.); Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, January-April 1967 (111, repr.)
Lit: Jean and Henry Dauberville, Bonnard (Paris 1973), No.1318, Vol.3, p.259, repr. p.260
Repr: Charles Terrasse, Bonnard (Paris 1927), p.3 as 'Le Cannet. La Fenêtre' (dated 1925 on p.204); Carlos Peacock, Painters and Writers (London 1949), pl.57 in colour
Painted at Le Cannet (Alpes-Maritimes), in an apartment occupied by the painter in the Villa Hirondelle prior to his purchase in 1925 of the Villa du Bosquet. Through the window may be seen the red roofs of the little town of Le Cannet. On the table is the novel Marie by Peter Nansen, for which Bonnard drew the illustrations: it was published by the Revue Blanche in 1898. (Information from Charles Terrasse in letters of 31 May 1951 and 13 January 1954).