The Place Clichy, Paris

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

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.


[Jos Hessel, Paris].
Private Collection, France.
Daniel Varenne, sold 30 July 1968 to;
[Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, consigned 21 August 1968 to];
Norton Simon, returned 6 September 1968 to;
[Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, consigned 5 October 1968 to];
Dick [probably Jack R. Dick, Greenwich, Connecticut, returned 17 October 1968 to;
[Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, consigned [center panel only] 20 November 1968 to];
Benjamin E. Bensinger, Chicago, returned 22 November 1968 to;
[Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, consigned 22 November 1968 to];
Daniel Varenne, returned 26 November 1968 to;
[Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, consigned 7 December 1968 to];
Ezra Zilkha, New York, returned 13 December 1968 to;
[Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, stock no. 5342, sold 7 May 1969 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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