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1975 Print Poster Ballets Russes Russian Ballet Leonide Massine Pierre Bonnard

1975 Print Poster Ballets Russes Russian Ballet Leonide Massine Pierre Bonnard

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"Ballets Russes--Legende de Joseph."

This is a 1975 color reproduction of a poster that was created in 1914 by the artist Pierre Bonnard for Ballets Russes, "Legende de Joseph" with dancer Leonide Massine in the title role.

Period Paper is pleased to offer a lovely collection of prints of dance posters by various artists covering dance and dance performances from around the world--a collection that will be of interest to both the dancer and dance historian, as well as to graphic design artists. Please note that these prints are 1975 reproductions of the original poster. These fabulous prints would look excellent framed.


This 36+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.

  • Product Type: 1975 Color Print; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 11 x 14 inches; 28 x 36 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Bonnard, Pierre. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.

Bonnard was born on 3 October 1867 at Frontenay-aux-Roses, Seine. Bonnard studied law, but gave up his career as a registrar for painting. At the Academie Julian, he made the acquaitance of Vuillard, Roussel and Serusier, and became a member of the "Nabis" group (a group of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists setting the pace of both fine arts and graphic arts in France during the 1890s).

His work is varied, and includes portraiture, landscape, decoration, painting, lithography and book-illustration. His palette was initially light in tone, evoking Japanese Art (1890), becoming darker, warmer, and more glowing (Parisian life and domestic scenes, 1895-1905), before again returning to a subtle tone. During this time, Bonnard was frequently outside Paris during the warmer months, spending time at Montval near Marly-le-Roi, then Vernouillet, Triel, and Vernon. The warmth and sunlight of these areas began to influence his palette, and beginning around 1910, his work became full of the strong sunlight of the South of France. Around 1915, Bonnard's work became more compact and constructive in use of form, while his color palette became even more vibrant and intense.

Bonnard did not paint from life, instead photographing his subjects and making notes about color and light. Upon return to his studio, Bonnard would refer to these photographs and notes when completing his work. In 1938, the Art Institute of Chicago held a major exhibition of Bonnard's work (as well as the work of Vuillard).

Bonnard completed his final painting "The Almond Tree in Blossom" a week before his death on 23 January 1947.

Following his death, a posthumous retrospective of Bonnard's work was exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (1948). The exhibition was originally intended to be a celebration of Bonnard's eightieth birthday.

Two major exhibitions of Bonnard's work were displayed in 1998 at the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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