Pierre Bonnard: the late still lifes and interiors
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Feb 24, 2009 - Art - 195 pages
Working in his villa in the south of France, Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) suffused his late canvases with radiant Mediterranean light and dazzling color. Although his subjects were close at hand—usually everyday domestic scenes—Bonnard rarely painted from life. Instead, he made pencil sketches in diaries and relied on these, along with his memory, as he executed the works in his studio. These interiors thus often conflate details from the artist’s daily life with fleeting, mysterious evocations of his past. The spectral figures who appear at the margins of the canvases, overshadowed by brilliantly colored baskets of fruit or other props, create an atmosphere of profound ambiguity and puzzling abstraction: the mundane rendered in a wholly new pictorial language.
The 75 paintings, drawings, and watercolors in this volume, some rarely seen treasures from private collections, all made between 1923 and 1947, are central to the ongoing reappraisal of Bonnard as a leading figure of French modernism.
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Pierre Bonnard: the late still lifes and interiorsUser Review - Book Verdict
This beautifully and generously illustrated (146 reproductions, including 125 in full color) publication accompanies the first museum show to focus on the late still-life imagery and interiors created by French painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) while he was living in the south of France. At that time, the artist was painting radiant, vibrant, colorful masterpieces, permeated with Mediterranean light and influences from his immediate surroundings, which to some viewers appeared more reminiscent of works created by the 19th-century impressionists than those by 20th-century modernists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Assessing more than 75 paintings, drawings, and watercolors-some of which are rarely seen outside of private art collections-in detailed catalog entries that encompass provenances, selected references, exhibition histories, and analyses, Amory (associate curator, Robert Lehman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art) and others also attempt to reassess Bonnard's career and late artworks in terms of 20th-century art and French modernism. A selected chronology and lists of contributors and lenders further enhance this well-documented, thoughtful, and meticulous scholarly publication. Strongly recommended.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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This book is not only gorgeous with some of the best color art reproductions I've ever seen in an art book, but it features many examples of what so many art books lack: specific information about the ... Read full review