Pierre Bonnard, lithograph poster, France Champagne

Les Chiens

Roger-Marx 25; Bouvet 25

lithograph, 1893, on medium-weight cream wove paper, the only known state, signed and numbered "89" (from the total edition of 100), below, next to the monogramme, a fine impression (with a slight discharge of ink, center, above the black dog), with the usual small (full) margins, very slightly light-stained along the edges from an old mount, traces of old mounting tape on the reverse, otherwise in excellent condition

L. 365x260mm; S. 380x280mm.

Bonnard has playfully flattened the representation of a park scene with romping dogs set against a distant caleche, the scale only suggested by relative size, as is clear from the unusually massive grizzled terrier, urinating on the corner of the lower margin.

Its is characterized by a casually modern handling and innovative layout (which he would use again in his famous 4-paneled paravent, La Promenade des Nourrices, designed the following year).