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The Family of Claude Terrasse

Artist:
Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet)
Date:
1899
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
32 1/2 × 27 1/8 in. (82.6 × 68.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Harry N. Abrams, 1965
Accession Number:
65.250
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Bonnard
[Ambroise Vollard, Paris]; [Galerie Zak, Paris, until 1941; sold on March 17, 1941 to Gérard]; [Raphael Gérard, Paris, 1941–48]; [Galerie de l'Art Moderne, Paris, until 1949; sold to Abrams]; Harry N. Abrams, New York (1949–65)

Kunsthaus Zürich. "Pierre Bonnard, 1867–1947," June 6–July 24, 1949, no. 2 (as "La famille Terrasse," 1892, lent by a private collection, France) [probably this picture].

New York. Wildenstein. "The Inquiring Eye of Pierre Bonnard," November 6–December 11, 1981, no. 9 (as "The Terrasse Family at Le Grand-Lemps").

Roslyn Harbor, N. Y. Nassau County Museum of Art. "An Ode to Gardens and Flowers," May 10–August 9, 1992, unnumbered cat. (p. 66; as "The Claude Terrasse Family at Le Grand-Lemps," ca. 1893).

Munich. Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung. "Bonnard," January 28–April 24, 1994, no. 11 (as "La famille Terrasse au Grand-Lemps," about 1893).

Nagoya. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Pierre Bonnard," March 28–May 18, 1997, no. 13 (as "The Claude Terrasse Family at Le Grand-Lemps").

Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Pierre Bonnard," May 24–July 21, 1997, no. 13.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painters in Paris: 1895–1950," March 8–December 31, 2000, extended to January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 15).

Jean and Henry Dauberville. Bonnard: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 1, 1888–1905. Paris, 1965, p. 207, no. 187, ill., call it "La Famille Terrasse" and date it about 1893; note that it was painted at Grand-Lemps.

Jean and Henry Dauberville. Bonnard: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 4, 1940–1947 et Supplément 1887–1939. Paris, 1974, p. 457, redate it about 1899.

Denys Sutton. The Inquiring Eye of Pierre Bonnard. Exh. cat., Wildenstein. New York, 1981, p. 20, no. 9, fig. 7, dates it about 1899.

Jean and Henry Dauberville. Bonnard: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint révisé et augmenté, 1888–1905. 2nd rev. ed. [1st ed., 1965]. Paris, 1992, p. 207, no. 187, ill.

Hidenori Kurita in Pierre Bonnard. Ed. Hidenori Kurita et al. Exh. cat., Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. Nagoya, 1997, pp. 60–61, 235, no. 13, ill. (color), dates it about 1899 and considers it close in date to "Afternoon of the Bourgeoisie" (1900; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; D234); comments that Antoine Terrasse "has expressed his reservations about the title in a conversation with the author".

Ursula Perucchi-Petri in Pierre Bonnard. Ed. Hidenori Kurita et al. Exh. cat., Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. Nagoya, 1997, p. 223, dates it about 1893.



The composer, Claude Terrasse (1867–1923) married Bonnard's sister, Andrée (1872–1923). They had five children: Jean (1892–1932), Charles (1893–1982), Renée (1894–1985), Robert (1896–1966), and Eugénie, called Vivette (b. 1899). The entire family is portrayed in Bonnard's painting "The Terrasse Family (Afternoon of a Bourgeois Family" (ca. 1900; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; D234) and its replica (ca. 1902; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; D272). According to Kurita [Ref. 1997], Bonnard's great-nephew, Antoine Terrasse, is uncertain that the MMA painting represents the Terrasse family.
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