Medium
Image rights
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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.”

High auction record
$19.6m, Christie's, 2019
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2019
The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard - The Colour of MemoryTate
2016
Pierre Bonnard: Painting ArcadiaLegion of Honor
2015
Pierre Bonnard: Painting ArcadiaMusée d'Orsay
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Woman with Dog (La Femme au Chien) (illustration from "Dingo" by Octave Mirbeau), 1924

Etching
11 5/6 × 8 15/16 in
30.1 × 22.7 cm
Location
Dallas
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Medium
Image rights
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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.”

High auction record
$19.6m, Christie's, 2019
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Pierre Bonnard
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