Pierre BONNARDEdward ANCOURT, La revue blanche Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 2


France 1867 – 1947



  • active c.1892

La revue blanche 1894 Place made: Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: prints, posters, colour lithographic poster lithograph, printed in black, grey and cream inks. Support: paper

Dimensions: sheet 80.0 h x 62.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of Orde Poynton Esq. AO CMG
Accession No: NGA 92.1380
Subject: Art style: Les Nabi
Cutting-edge technology is not just a characteristic of our age

La revue blanche was founded in Belgium in 1889 by brothers Alfred, Alexandre and Thadée Natanson, who then moved it to Paris in 1891. As a publication it was hugely influential on the intellectual and artistic life of the city. From July 1893 to December 1894 it published a print per month by the mainly Nabi artists Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Paul Ranson, Pierre Bonnard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, amongst others.

Both Bonnard and Toulouse-Lautrec also produced posters advertising the magazine itself. Bonnard’s poster – one of the relatively few he produced in his lifetime – with its quirky structure and reduced palette, is now considered a masterpiece of the form. It is in fact an homage to Thadée Natanson’s polish-born wife, Misia, who was known as the ‘muse of the review’. Interestingly, it was produced using two lithographic stones.

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