Pierre Bonnard

French, 1867–1947

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Pierre Bonnard

French, 1867–1947

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Known for painting light-soaked interiors, nudes and still lives, Pierre Bonnard’s lush canvases echo Claude Monet and Henri Matisse. Bonnard played a central role in Nabis, a group emphasizing the basic aesthetic properties of painting. Describing his method, Bonnard has said, “the principal subject is the surface, which has its color, its laws over and above those of object.” Rather than simply observe and reproduce the world around him, Bonnard sought to instill each picture with, in the words of Nabis colleague Maurice Denis, “a beauty outside nature.”

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High auction record
$20m, Christie's, 2019
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

Known for painting light-soaked interiors, nudes and still lives, Pierre Bonnard’s lush canvases echo Claude Monet and Henri Matisse. Bonnard played a central role in Nabis, a group emphasizing the basic aesthetic properties of painting. Describing his method, Bonnard has said, “the principal subject is the surface, which has its color, its laws over and above those of object.” Rather than simply observe and reproduce the world around him, Bonnard sought to instill each picture with, in the words of Nabis colleague Maurice Denis, “a beauty outside nature.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$20m, Christie's, 2019
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Pierre Bonnard
Articles Featuring Pierre Bonnard
$59-Million Cézanne Leads Resurgent Impressionist and Modern Art Sale at Christie’s
May 14th, 2019
The Radiant Paintings of Les Nabis, the Movement Started by Bonnard and Vuillard
Apr 11th, 2019
The Lesser-Known Landscapes of Lee Friedlander and Pierre Bonnard
Sep 23rd, 2015
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