Dec 1, 2005

Announcement of a Birth

Announcement of a Birth


Pierre Bonnard

(French, 1867–1947)

Color lithograph

Support: Cream (3) wove paper

Sheet: 15.8 x 12 cm (6 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.); Image: 15.8 x 12 cm (6 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Gift of Louise S. Richards 1991.248

Catalogue raisonné: Bouvet 54

Edition: approximately 200


Did you know?

Color lithography, the medium used for this print, was among the newest printmaking techniques available to artists during the 1890s.


Pierre Bonnard created this lithograph to announce the birth of Marie-Louise, the daughter of André Mellerio. Mellerio was an influential art critic who wrote about the artists of his own time and, especially, the importance of color lithography—a medium that Bonnard experimented with in the 1890s. The intimate print features a close-up view of the infant's face alongside abstract patterning that featured prominently in Bonnard's art at this time.

See also
PR - Lithograph
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email [email protected].

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.