114 Bonnards and 27 Vuillards donated as promised gifts to Orsay

2/2/11 – Acquisitions – Paris, Musée d’Orsay – The very important donation which the Musée d’Orsay has just received as a promised gift, no less than 141 works, 114 by Pierre Bonnard and 27 by Edouard Vuillard, remains shrouded in mystery as the donor wishes to be anonymous. We will of course respect his decision but can still assert that he is a former banker, a collector who is better known for his taste in contemporary art and who once held a high-ranking position among the Amis du Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou.

1. Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
Banjo Player, 1895
Oil on panel - 42 x 65 cm
Paris, Musée d’Orsay (Promised gift)
Photo : P. Schmidt, Musée d’Orsay
© ADAGP, Paris, 2011

2. Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
Young Girl, the Hand on a Doorknob, 1891
Oil on cardboard - 29.2 x 20.3 cm
Paris, Musée d’Orsay (promised gift)
Photo : P. Schmidt, Musée d’Orsay

The actual list of the donated paintings (mostly small formats from the Nabis period) has not been made available and the Musée d’Orsay is allowed to publish only two pictures (ill. 1 and 2) which give us an idea of the quality of the ensemble.
Let us point out that the work of Edouard Vuillard, who died in 1940, now falls under public domain as this is over 70 years ago and may thus be reproduced as the limits set forth by the ADAGP no longer apply.

Didier Rykner, mercredi 2 février 2011

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