1899, on fine chine paper, a
trial proof of the very rare (and undescribed) first state*, with margins
laterally and below (like the proof from the Petiet collection cited below), a small pencil
sketch of two figures on the reverse, traces
of old mounting tape on the reverse, otherwise in excellent condition
Bonnard had aready
experimented with five-colour lithography (e.g. La Petite Blanchisseuse) on several occasions,
and here apparently sought to refine the chromatic mix (perhaps
following Vuillard), by elegantly avoiding recourse to a keystone of
the layout drawing in black. The present impression notably shows
vibrant blue replacing the black of the published version, which
results in a brighter and more refined composition.
L. 330x355 mm
elements from previous pictures, Le
Verger (1895, Dauberville 113) and Le Grand Jardin
01788), Bonnard has developed a bucolic summer scene set in a grove,
where two children
are playing with a dog, and a woman is carrying away a laundry-basket.
The rework in the second state, aside from effacing the register
crosses in the margin, concerns refining the drawing on the keystone in
the copse to the left and the seated child, as well as shading
retouches to the green stone (e.g., blocking out the small clear spots
in the copse of trees to the left, or the lawn to the right.
The pencil sketch on the
reverse shows two figures, a crouching child and a lanky nude, which
may well be other ideas for enlivening the print, although this is
* The only other
we have seen of this state is from the Henri M. Petiet collection (see
the PIASA sale catalogue, XVII:1, 10 December 1998), where this impression
is reproduced in colour, showing the black keystone variant of the
print. Thus the present impression may well be unique...