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    A Look Inside the Catalogue 

     

     

     

    Paul Ranson

     

     

    This private collection features many prints and drawings from the Belle Époque, a period of peace between the Franco-Prussian War and World War I that saw vast artistic and cultural development, with many different genres and schools forming and coming into their own.

     

    Paul Ranson, whose Tigre dans le Jungles is pictured at right, was a French painter and writer associated with Les Nabis, a group of avant-garde artists committed to the revitalization of painting, who were dominant in France in the 1890s.  

     

     

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Right: Lot 79, Paul Ranson, Tigre dans les Jungles, color lithograph, 1893. Sold for $13,750. 

      

     

     

     

     

    Pierre Bonnard    Pierre Bonnard

    Left: Lot 69, Pierre Bonnard, Rue, le Soir, sous la Pluie, color lithograph, 1899. Sold for $11,250.

    Right: Lot 71, Pierre Bonnard, Maison dans la Cour, color lithograph, 1899. Sold for $16,250. 

     

     

    Pierre Bonnard (above) and Édouard Vuillard (below) were also members of Les Nabis. Both were painters as well as printmakers, with complementary, though markedly different styles. Bonnard and Vuillard thought of decoration as the primary function of painting, each piece designed to complement the space for which it was commissioned.  

     

     

     

    Édouard Vuillard       Édouard Vuillard 

     

    Left: Lot 55, Édouard Vuillard, La Sieste ou La Convalescence, color lithograph, 1893. Sold for $3,500.

    Right: Lot 57, Édouard Vuillard, Théâtre Libre (La Semeuse), offset lithograph with color pochoir, 1890. Sold for $3,750. 

     

     

    Bonnard and Vuillard were also acquainted with many other influential artists of the time. Bonnard met Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec through the Société des Artists Indépendants, while Vuillard met Ker-Xavier Roussel, who would go on to become his brother-in-law, in school at the Lycée Condorcet. Examples of both Toulouse-Lautrec and Roussel's work can be seen below. 

     

     

     

    Ker-Xavier Roussel        

    Left: Lot 72, Ker-Xavier Roussel, Dans la Neige, color lithograph, 1893. Sold for $5,500.    

     

     


     

     

    For more information on these, or any other works in this private collection, contact Swann Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings Todd Weyman