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Inscribed “État” in pencil. A vibrant, early proof impression before the addition of the green stone and removal of the registration points, with the dog sketched in the foreground and other lines near the peripheries later erased, with rust-brown colouration on the horses second and third from the left, and the face of the rider on the left. The brown of the trees is of a redder tone than in the main edition. This is the earliest state of five which we have identified.
Provenance: Henri Petiet, with his stamp on the verso (Lugt 2021a)
It is thought that Bonnard worked on this project over as many as three years, and in the course of this time he moved away from tightly-contained views, some through a window, to a more airy, sketchy, light-infused style as is found in this print. L’Arc de Triomphe reflects the excitement with the new, broad boulevards in Paris, and the horsemen seem to dash out into the open space. The famous arch seen in the distance is one of only two recognizable landmarks in the series.