Monthly Archives: March 2015

SIGNS OF SPRING, SITTING PRETTY IN OUR COLLECTION

Maudit Vent GBT 1914;Pierre Brissaud;9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″;A,P The spring season means various things to many people. My most vivid childhood memory of spring in Arctic Winnipeg was racing wooden matches along the still-frozen gutters awash with mountains of … Continue reading

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PIERRE BONNARD’S GUIDE TO THE BELLE EPOQUE STREETS OF PARIS

La Petite Blanchiseusse       Plate 42 Paris, an amazing repository of the height of sensuous excellence, tends thereby to send us to the firmament. But artist/graphic designer, Pierre Bonnard, in the portfolio titled, Bonnard Lithographe, prefers the streets … Continue reading

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FERN BISEL PEAT—A REMARKABLE AND UNSUNG DESIGNER

We have had, for quite a while now, in our to-show-soon drawer, a little gem of vintage children’s book illustration. Now, in finally focusing on it, I realize how great a master of visual expression has been resting there, patiently … Continue reading

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THE ABSORBING CITY LIFE OF PIERRE BONNARD

plate #3 The subtitle, shown on this book cover (by Pierre Bonnard [1867-1947]) which graduated to fine-art lithograph, in 1892, runs “Ways of Decadence” [the Demi-Monde]. Though the smashing portfolio of Bonnard’s studies of Paris life covers much more than … Continue reading

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BASQUIAT: MORE THAN MEETS THE LAZY EYE

At the Art Gallery of Ontario these days, we come face-to-face with the puzzling phenomenon of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Starting out in the 1970s as a teen-aged New York City graffiti presence in the anything-goes Lower East Side, he graduated … Continue reading

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