Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)

Pierre Bonnard began his long painting career in Paris in the early 1890s. Bonnard Studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for his foundation in academic art. He was one of the first artists to use pure color in flat patterns enlivened by decorative linear arabesques in paintings, posters, and designs for stained-glass windows and books. In 1889 sold his first poster design. Together with his friend Edouard Vuillard and the other members of the group known as the Nabis (Hebrew for "prophets"), he helped establish a new, modern style of decoration that was important for the emergence of Art Nouveau in the late 1890s. He was greatly influenced by the paintings of Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet done in the late 1880s also drew on Japanese prints for his striking simplifications of form and his bold use of bright colors. His mastery of line and color made him a great poster designer and graphic artist.

France-Champagne, 1889. This poster was designed for champagnes by E. Debray of Reims and Paris. It was published in 1891.

La Revue Blanche, 1894. This was a poster for the periodical La Revue Blanche. It is a lithograph in three colors and measures 72 x 59 cm.

Salon des Cent, 1896. This poster was for the twenty-third exhibition of the Salon des Cent, sponcered by the periodical La Plume. It is a lithograph in four colors and measures 63 x 45 cm.

La Blanchisseuse, 1896. This work is not a poster but a color lithograph on china paper. The translation of the title means The Laundress and measures 30 x 20cm.