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Support: Thin wove paper
Sheet: 137.4 x 47.3 cm (54 1/8 x 18 5/8 in.); Image: 137.4 x 47.3 cm (54 1/8 x 18 5/8 in.)
Gift of Nancy and Joseph P. Keithley by exchange 2008.31.a
Catalogue raisonné: Bouvet 55
This charming scene of a nanny and her three charges extends across four panels meant to be mounted as a folding screen. Influenced by the flood of Japanese goods into France, Bonnard emulated the solidly colored flat forms silhouetted against areas of unmodulated color in the symmetrical compositions of ukiyo-e, Japanese color woodcuts, that he collected. Bonnard recalled, "It seemed to me that it was possible to translate light, form, and character with nothing but color, without resorting to shading." Because this impression of Nursemaids' Promenade had never been mounted or displayed, the colors have not faded and remain amazingly fresh—a rare condition for such a decorative work.
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