began his long painting career in Paris in the early 1890s. He was one
of the first artists to use pure color in flat patterns enlivened by
decorative linear arabesques in paintings, posters, and designs for
stained-glass windows and books. Together with his friend Edouard
Vuillard and the other members of the group known as the Nabis (Hebrew
for "prophets"), he helped establish a new, modern style of decoration
that was important for the emergence of Art Nouveau in the late 1890s.
remainder of his career, Bonnard continued and expanded the
impressionists' concern for depicting the personal environment of the
artist. His naturalism, however, was merely a starting point for
striking innovations in color and the construction of perspective. His
entire stylistic evolution offers a transition from impressionism to a
coloristic, abstract art.
Bonnard was not a revolutionary artist but he
synthesized several different styles to create works of striking
painterliness and memorably glorious color.
He borrowed a lightness from the Impressionists, a bold
palette from the Post-Impressionists and Fauves, a compressed
dimensionality from Matisse and added an immense intensity of his own.
His oeuvre combines the poignancy of Degas with the
lyricism and luminosity of Rothko.
By Carter B. Horsley
Pierre Bonnard Quotes:
A painting that is well composed is
half finished. Art will never be able to exist without nature. Color does not add a pleasant quality to design -
it reinforces it. Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and
express your pleasure strongly. It is still color, it is not yet light. The important thing is to remember what most
impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible. The precision of naming takes away from the
uniqueness of seeing. Work on the accent, it will enliven the whole. You cannot possibly invent painting all by
yourself. You reason color more than you reason drawing...
Color has a logic as severe as form.
Le peintre NABI qui a maintenant
Pierre Bonnard Photographs
Pierre Bonnard by
Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1944
Pierre Bonnard A
master and class act from his paintings to the clothing he
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