Pierre Bonnard, ‘Le grand jardin (The Large Garden)’, 1895, Musée d'Orsay

Image rights: © Musée d’Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt © ADAGP, Paris 2015

"Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia"

Venues: Musée d'Orsay, Paris (2015); Mapfre Foundation, Madrid (2015-2016); Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco (2016)

Paris, Musée d’Orsay, RF 1982 58

About Pierre Bonnard

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.”

French, 1867-1947, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France, based in Paris, France