The Gerard Bonnier Collection
Gerard Bonnier (1917-1987), director of the Albert Bonnier publishing house in 1953-1978, bequeathed works from his collection to Moderna Museet in 1989. The collection comprises mainly classical modernism and is conspicuously the result of diligent and knowledgeable efforts. Gerard Bonnier was the chairman of Föreningen för nutida konst (Society of Contemporary Art) in 1948-1951, a forerunner of the Friends of Moderna Museet, which he chaired from 1961 to 1977. Through these two activities, he also promoted many of the acquisitions that have put their stamp on the Moderna Museet collection. In the book Donation Gerard Bonnier (1989), Ulf Linde (1929-2013), art critic and close friend of Gerard Bonnier, describes Bonnier’s collection as: “... a work with its own laws that he [Gerard Bonnier] wanted to explore and yield to.” The collection includes Joan Mirós Head of Catalan Peasant, 1925, Pablo Picassos The Painter from 1930, and Juan Gris Fruit Bowl on Blue Table Cloth from 1916.
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© Marc Chagall/Bildupphovsrätt 2018
Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
France, United States, Born Russia Le Vieillard et le chevreau, 1930
Gubben och geten
The Old Man and the Goat
Tempera and pastel on cardboard
Bildmått: 52 x 66 cm ( 20 1/2 x 26 in.) Yttermått (Ram): 70,5 x 85,5 x 7 cm ( 27 3/4 x 33 11/16 x 2 3/4 in.)
Bequest 1989 of Gerard Bonnier
MOM 437 This artwork is not on display
- About the work
An old man and a kid. The scene radiates tenderness. When Marc Chagall painted this picture he was 43 and had lived in Paris for nearly a decade. Even before the war broke out in 1914, he had lived and worked among the cubists. It was long since he had been to his childhood town, Vitebsk in Belarus. In Vitebsk there were lots of queer old fellows who played the violin and told stories, and lots of goats. The old man and the goat appear to be floating towards the snow (cloud?) in the background. That's often how it is in Chagall's pictures. His childhood memories are like stories. And the storybook characters don't follow the laws of physics. That's why they never die.
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