In this work Pierre Bonnard depicts, under a cloudy sky, a panoramic view of the town of Le Cannet, its bay, and the Estérel Mountains. A dense growth of foliage, indigenous to the South of France, covers the lower portion of the composition, opening to a vista overlooking the town. Water, sky, the setting sun, and the distant mountains fill the background. First impressions were essential to Bonnard’s working method. With canvases tacked to the studio walls, Bonnard would, seemingly at random, set down here and there, on one picture and another, a few accents that became clear to him and then go out for a walk in order to relax and gather his energies. Bonnard explained that color represented “a logic that is just as unrelenting as the logic of form.”
Phillips purchased this work from de Hauke and Co. in New York for $10,000.