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Artist: Bonnard, Pierre 1 of 1
The Place Clichy, Paris

The Place Clichy, Paris, 1900

Pierre Bonnard
French, 1867-1947
Oil on cardboard (triptych)
13-3/4 x 38-3/4 in. (34.9 x 98.4 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the Place Clichy marked the heart of Parisian bohemia. Located in the north of the city, at the foot of Montmartre, the square was a hub for nightlife and progressive art, surrounded by cafés and studios—including Bonnard’s own, just around the corner in the rue de Douai. In the three compositions that form this triptych, he portrayed the square in spring or summer, bustling with pedestrians, delivery carts, and an omnibus, at left. This work belongs to a series of seven triptychs representing the same neighborhood at various times of day, which Bonnard painted for his friend and dealer Jos Hessel.

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Artist: Bonnard, Pierre 1 of 1