Wednesday, July 6, 2011

View of Nice

This is a 9x12 pastel of a view of Nice from Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, a peninsula that juts into the Mediterranean.

When I wrote earlier about Bonnard's drawing, I didn't mean to imply that he prepared specific drawings for specific paintings. Apparently he drew, and then composed paintings from many drawings. He would pin canvas to a wall, and then paint on the canvas. If his composition required expansion, he could easily make it larger. Sometimes, he would work on more than one painting on the pinned canvas. Later he would cut out the painting and mount it to a stretcher. He always painted his landscapes in the studio, never working outside, except for drawing.

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