Pierre Bonnard was a French painter born in October 1867 and passed away in January 1947. Besides painting he was an illustrator and print maker, known especially for the stylized decorative qualities of his paintings and his bold use of color. He was a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters known as Les Nabis (or Prophets) and his early work was strongly influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin, and the prints of Japanese artists. He was a leading figure in the transition from impressionism to modernism. He painted landscapes, urban scenes, portraits and intimate domestic scenes, where the backgrounds, colors and painting style usually took precedence over the subject.
He was well educated and practiced law during which he enrolled in the Académie Julian in Paris, and was later accepted by the École des Beaux-Arts. He sold his first commercial work of art, a design for poster for France-Champagne, which helped him convince his family that he could make a living as an artist. He set up his first studio at on rue Lechapelais and began his career as an artist.
From 1893 until her death, Bonnard lived with Marthe de Méligny (1869–1942), and she was the model for many of his paintings, including many nudes. Her birth name was Maria Boursin, but she had changed it before she met Bonnard. They married in 1925. In the years before their marriage, Bonnard had love affairs with two other women, who also served as models for some of his paintings, Renée Monchaty and Lucienne Dupuy de Frenelle. It has been suggested Bonnard may have been the father of Lucienne’s second son. Renée Monchaty committed suicide shortly after Bonnard and de Méligny married.
This Bonnard is most likely Marthe de Meligny. It is called At the Casino, is a signed lithograph in color and printed under the direct supervision of George Besson in 1940. The image is scarce. The frame is 17.5″ x 20″ and the image is 8″ x 6.5″.