Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory by Matthew GalePierre Bonnard (1867–1947) was of the generation of artists that helped transform painting during the first half of the 20th century. As a painter, Bonnard preferred to work from memory—imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of color and unconventional choice of composition. Focusing on his work from 1912 to 1947, this lavishly illustrated book presents landscapes and intimate domestic scenes that capture the passage of time, often conveying a sense of sensuality or melancholy. Along with looking at Bonnard’s processes, his reliance on photography, and his ability to work on different subjects side-by-side, this book sets Bonnard in the turbulent history of his times. Published to accompany a major exhibition, the book reveals Bonnard’s transition from great colorist to Modernist master and emphasizes his place within 20th-century art.
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Exquisite colour on canvas from the artist who captured moments in time. Born , Bonnard was, with Henri Matisse , one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. He preferred to work from memory, imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of colour and innovative sense of composition. It presents landscapes and intimate domestic scenes which capture moments in time — where someone has just left the room, a meal has just finished, a moment lost in the view from the window, or a stolen look at a partner. The Eyal Ofer Galleries. Main menu additional Become a Member Shop. Left Right.
Press Release 21 January The exhibition brings together around of his greatest works from museums and private collections around the world. At once sensuous and melancholy, these paintings express moments lost in time — the view from a window, a stolen look at a lover, or an empty room at the end of a meal. These motifs can be seen in breakthrough works like Dining Room in the Country Minneapolis Institute of Art in which he brought interior and exterior spaces together to create a vibrant atmosphere, while the bright colours of works like The Lane at Vernonnet Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh exemplify how his joyful palette could still evoke the poignancy of a moment gone forever. The exhibition emphasises Bonnard as a 20th century artist who — like his friend and contemporary Henri Matisse — had a profound impact on painting and became an influential figure for later artists like Mark Rothko and Patrick Heron.
This is the first major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard's work in the UK since the much-loved show at Tate 20 years ago. It will allow new generations to discover.
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And not just light. They hum with sexuality, vibrate with tension, pulsate with melancholy and almost strobe with colour, colour, colour. Let me catch my breath and admit, from the start, that there are some dud paintings here. Bonnard was, at first glance, a pretty traditional painter for turn-of-the-century France. The first wave that hits you in this sprawling show is colour: his rippling compositions are drowning in mauves, yellows, oranges and blues, writhing with greens and ochres.