PRINT December 1964


James T. Soby’s, James Elliott’s, and Monroe Wheeler’s Bonnard and His Environment

James T. Soby, James Elliott, Monroe Wheeler, Bonnard and His Environment (New York: Museum of Modern Art, Doubleday & Co), 1964, 116 pages, illustrated.

THIS BOOK IS OFFERED as a “supplement” to the awesomely competent monograph published by the same institution 13 years ago by John Reward, and still in print. Except for the 41 color plates (in almost every case one wishes color plates had been made for the paintings in the Rewald show instead) and the additional bibliography (which refers the reader to the Rewald book for the first 200 citations) it is difficult to see what supplemental services have been performed by this charlotte russe of a book.

For some mysterious reason, three people are set to work supplementing what one person had done so well over a decade before. An old pro like Monroe Wheeler is reduced to filling out a biography as prosaic as Bannard’s with stuff like “In 1911

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