Pierre Bonnard (French, Post-Impressionism, 1867-1947): Paris Boulevard at Night, 1900. Oil on paperboard, 45.1 x 58.1 cm (17-3/4 x 22-7/8 inches). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Not on view) © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Image: © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.
“Bonnard may have based this painting of the Boulevard de Clichy (in the artists’ quarter of Montmartre) on the view from his studio window. Bonnard captures the still-novel spectacle of artificially illuminated night, with trees washed by light from below and shadows cast in multiple directions. Paris’s early adoption of gas and electric light had helped make the city seem the very capital of modernity in the nineteenth century.” (© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.)