The Road to Nantes

The Road to Nantes


Pierre Bonnard

(French, 1867–1947)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 92.1 x 89.9 x 7.6 cm (36 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 3 in.); Unframed: 69.2 x 66.2 cm (27 1/4 x 26 1/16 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.17


Bonnard probably painted this scene depicting a road on the way to Nantes, a port city on France's Atlantic coast, while touring Brittany by car in the summer of 1929. Bonnard was a founding member of the Nabis (Hebrew for prophets), a group of artists who formed in Paris during the 1890s. Inspired by Paul Gauguin, they emphasized inventive, decorative design and color liberated from natural appearances.

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