Jeunes femmes dans la rue by Pierre Bonnard

  • This compelling oil on canvas is the work of the celebrated French Post-Impressionist Pierre Bonnard
  • Bonnard frequently painted from memory, and this work captures his three lovers promenading in Paris
  • A member of the Les Nabis movement, Bonnard's oeuvre emphasizes the use of color
  • His work has been highly exhibited and can be found in important collections worldwide
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Pierre Bonnard
1867-1947 | French

Jeunes femmes dans la rue
(Young Women on the Street)

Signed “Bonnard”(bottom left)
Oil on canvas

“It’s not a matter of painting life, it’s a matter of giving life to painting.” - Pierre Bonnard
Basked in a golden yellow, Jeunes femmes dans la rue is a singular and mesmerizing moment that evokes the joie de vivre of Paris. Three captivating women promenade down a Parisian street while a young girl scampers after her dog behind them. In this exceptional oil on canvas, Bonnard’s deft brushstrokes energize the scene, and his skillful placement of cool blues and greens counters the women in a way that magnifies its vibrancy. The three women, rendered in such intimate detail, appear extremely significant and hint to viewers that each represents a person close to the artist.

Because Bonnard painted from memory, his works often depicted those closest to him as subjects. Most commonly painted were his lovers, who are prominently featured in this painting: Marthe, Renée and Lucienne. Marthe was his primary muse and eventually became his wife, whereas Renée and Lucienne were his beloved mistresses. It is most common for Bonnard’s paintings to depict just one or two of his lovers, but this painting contains renderings of all three women. Given the sentimental subjects, it is no surprise that this work was a favorite of Bonnard's. It stayed in his personal collection until he passed in 1947.

Pierre Bonnard studied art at the Académie Julian, where he met Vuillard and Maurice Denis — together, they would form the influential Les Nabis artistic movement, a group that emphasized the use of color. The artists found inspiration in Symbolist poetry and Japanese art. As a well-respected artist, Bonnard was a great friend of and admired by artists, including Henri Matisse and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Today, Bonnard is a recognized master of the Post-Impressionist movement. His works grace the collection of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Modern, the Musée d’Orsay, MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

Painted 1922

Succession Bonnard (Inventory No. 653)
Marthe Bonnard (wife of the artist)
Sisters Bovers (nieces of the artist’s wife)
Euguege Verchere, Geneva (purchased directly from the sisters Bowers)
Private Collection, Geneva (by descent from Eugene Verchere)
Private Collection, Toronto, Canada (acquired in 2004)
M.S. Rau, New Orleans

Jean & Henry Dauberville, Pierre Bonnard : Catalogue Raisonne de L’Oeuvre Peint, Editions Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, Tome III, No. 1124.

Salzburg, Galerie Salis, Bonnard, 1991, 27 July-15 September, and JPL Fine Arts, London, 3 October 6 December, illus. no.16
Jeunes femmes dans la rue by Pierre Bonnard
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 3.5 Inches
Width: 31.25 Inches
Height: 37.5 Inches
Style: Post-Impressionism
Canvas Width: 23 Inches
Canvas Height: 29 Inches
Jeunes femmes dans la rue by Pierre Bonnard
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