Bonnard, Paperback

Bonnard Paperback

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Reviewing the work of Bonnard, one of the best-loved artists of the modern period, this book draws insights into his personality from his paintings.

It is published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, in February 1998.

Bonnard's association with the Nabis, especially Vuillard, inspired him to develop Impressionist notions, by treating light and colour in an entirely fresh way.

Influenced by Japanese prints, Bonnard's style evolved into decorative intimate evocations of interiors; in his mature work, the rich and sometimes near-abstract compositions of the 1930s and 1940s recall Matisse's monumental treatments.

His best-known figure paintings, the many intimate portraits of his wife Marthe, express profoundly human concerns, characteristic of all Bonnard's painting.




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Excellent biography and illustrations of this not awfully well-known french painter of the first half of the last century. His life had just enough of bathos, compulsions, tragedy (his paramour, Renee, killed herself after he decided he couldn't leave his wife, Marthe, for her) and talent to place him amongst the ranks of tragic artists. But then, all art is tragedy in the sense it tells us what we lack. If people had no lack of creativity, meaning and beauty in their lives, art museums worldwide would fail, falling like a row of dominoes; now, in our age, we are mere spectators, epigoni, if you like, who must line up at museums where the dried flowers of the meaning and beauty of our human tribe, expressed uniquely by Art, are sequestered.

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