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1867-1947

French Nabi Painter

Pierre Bonnard (October 3, 1867 - January 23, 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, a founding member of Les Nabis.

Bonnard was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses. He led a happy and careless youth as the son of a prominent official of the French Ministry of War. At the insistence of his father, Bonnard studied law, graduating and practising as a barrister briefly. However, he had also attended art classes on the side, and soon decided to become an artist.

In 1891 he met Toulouse-Lautrec and began showing his work at the annual exhibition of the Societe des Artistes Independants. His first show was at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in 1896.

In his twenties he was a part of Les Nabis, a group of young artists committed to creating work of symbolic and spiritual nature. Other Nabis include Edouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis. He left Paris in 1910 for the south of France.

Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brushmarks and close values. His often complex compositions typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members are both narrative and autobiographical. His wife Marthe was an ever-present subject over the course of several decades. She is seen seated at the kitchen table, with the remnants of a meal; or nude, as in a series of paintings where she reclines in the bathtub. He also painted several self-portraits, landscapes, and many still lifes which usually depict flowers and fruit.

Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject sometimes photographing it as well and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.

In 1938 there was a major exhibition of his work along with Vuillard's at the Art Institute of Chicago. He finished his last painting, The Almond Tree in Flower, a week before his death in Le Cannet, on the French Riviera, in 1947. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City organized a posthumous retrospective of Bonnard's work in 1948, although originally it was meant to be a celebration of the artist's eightieth birthday.

Two major exhibitions of Bonnard's work took place in 1998: February through May at the Tate Gallery in London, and from June through October at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

58 Pierre Bonnard Paintings

The Large Garden, 1895 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

The Large Garden 1895

Oil Painting
$630
SKU: BON-16889
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 168 x 221 cm
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Nude in Bathtub, c.1940/46 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

Nude in Bathtub c.1940/46

Oil Painting
$556
Canvas Print
$60.71
SKU: BON-17098
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 122.5 x 150.5 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

Young Woman at Her Toilette, 1916 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

Young Woman at Her Toilette 1916

Oil Painting
$573
Canvas Print
$56.16
SKU: BON-18137
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 61.6 x 92 cm
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA

Cover of the Album of Original Prints from the Vollard Gallery, 1897 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

Cover of the Album of Original Prints from the ... 1897

Paper Art Print
$47.69
SKU: BON-18652
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 55.9 x 87 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

The Full-Length Mirror, 1910 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

The Full-Length Mirror 1910

Oil Painting
$514
Canvas Print
$50.08
SKU: BON-18653
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 124.4 x 82.5 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

The Violet Fence, 1923 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

The Violet Fence 1923

Oil Painting
$431
Canvas Print
$55.34
SKU: BON-18654
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 42 x 57 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

View from Uhlenhorst Ferry House on the Outer Alster Lake with St. Johannis, 1913 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

View from Uhlenhorst Ferry House on the Outer ... 1913

Oil Painting
$684
Canvas Print
$55.05
SKU: BON-18655
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 73 x 100.3 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

The Brumous Bay (Mistral-Sky), 1914 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

The Brumous Bay (Mistral-Sky) 1914

Oil Painting
$480
Canvas Print
$50.08
SKU: BON-19366
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 34 x 53 cm
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

Nude with Red Cloth (Nude at her Toilet), 1915 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

Nude with Red Cloth (Nude at her Toilet) 1915

Oil Painting
$575
Canvas Print
$58.65
SKU: BON-19367
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 62.4 x 48.2 cm
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers (Venus of Cyrene), 1930 by Pierre Bonnard | Painting Reproduction

Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers (Venus of Cyrene) 1930

Oil Painting
$703
Canvas Print
$50.08
SKU: BON-19368
Pierre Bonnard
Original Size: 60 x 130.3 cm
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

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