Pierre Bonnard
French, 1867-1947
High auction record
£7m, Christie's, 2011
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia,
Legion of Honor
Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art,
Seattle Art Museum
Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia,
Musée d'Orsay

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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