A fascinating journey into Pierre Bonnard’s world and the inspiration behind his spatially arresting and intimate paintings
Pierre Bonnard’s paintings are renowned for their unusual intimacy. Delving into the sensory realms of experience that fueled Bonnard’s practice—from the most public to the most private—this volume looks at the inspiration behind the artist’s work. Through the lens of more than 70 works, including many largely unknown examples from private collections in addition to celebrated paintings from museums around the world, scholarly essays transport the reader into Bonnard’s world and shed new light on the artist’s unique life circumstances. Governed neither by chronology nor geography, but by measures of intimacy, this study travels with Bonnard through the landscapes of Paris and Normandy, to the interior spaces of the artist’s dwellings, and deep into the artist’s thoughts.
George T. M. Shackelford is deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. Elsa Smithgall is chief curator of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Isabelle Cahn is general curator of paintings (now retired) at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Cyrille Sciama is director general of the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny. Véronique Serrano is chief conservator of the Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet.
Page Count: 208 pages
Published: November 28, 2023