Feb 18, 2020
Feb 18, 2020

Sailboats at Arcachon

Sailboats at Arcachon

c. 1920

Pierre Bonnard

(French, 1867–1947)

Graphite on beige wove paper

Sheet: 12.7 x 16.3 cm (5 x 6 7/16 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.123


Did you know?

Pierre Bonnard often made sketches such as this one outdoors and later incorporated them into paintings in his studio.


This drawing is one of many that Pierre Bonnard made in the resort town of Arcachon, on France's southwest coast. He made several visits during the 1920s, each time drawing inspiration from the dramatic coloration that sunlight cast on the Mediterranean Sea. Here, he used sketchy lines to capture the movement of wind and water that surround a lone sailboat on the shore.

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