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Portrait of Monsieur Monteux

Pierre Bonnard (AKA Pierre Eugène Frédéric Bonnard), French, (October 30, 1867–January 23, 1947)

Creation date: 1915
Creation place: Europe

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Maxwell Gluck
Accession Number: 1981.85
Dimensions: 32 1/4 in. x 26 7/8 in. (81.92 cm x 68.26 cm)
Currently on view


Modarco S.A., Panama ( - ca. 1969)

Wildenstein & Co.,, New York, New York (ca. 1966 - 1968)

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California (1968 - October 17, 1973)

Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Gluck, San Diego, California (ca. 1975 - December 23, 1981)

Harry N. Abrams, New York, New York (October 17, 1973 - 1974)

Sotheby's, New York, New York (October 17, 1973 - October 17, 1973)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 23, 1981 - )

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Pierre Bonnard
French • 1867–1947
Portrait of Monsieur Monteux
Oil on canvas • 1915
Executed in the broad, flat patches of color and thick brushstrokes typical of Pierre Bonnard’s work, this painting has always been identified as a portrait of a “Monsieur Monteux.” At some point before the painting came to the Museum, it was identified more specifically as a portrait of Pierre Monteux, one of the great conductors of the early 20th century. While the sitter in the portrait bears some resemblance to Pierre Monteux, the conductor was only 35 years old in 1915, when this painting was made, and the sitter in the portrait is a much older man. The picture might instead portray the industrialist Marcel Monteux, who was an early patron of the so-called Nabi group of artists, which included Bonnard and his associates Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, and Ker-Xavier Roussel.
Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Maxwell Gluck
Last Updated: 7/7/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit , 00/00/00 - 1/22/1982

Art Treasures in California The Oakland Museum , 11/29/1969 - 12/31/1969

Gallery Rotation , 6/1/2013 - 12/4/2013

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

William R. Wilson. The Los Angeles Times Book of California Museums Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated. New York, New York, 1986
Page Number: 264, 265, 266, Figure Number: 218

Art Treasures in California The Oakland Museum. Oakland, California, 1969
Page Number: yes, Figure Number: yes

Important 19th and 20th Century Paintings and Sculpture Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc.. New York, New York, October 17, 1973
Page Number: Lot no. 56, Figure Number: 56

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