Organized and co-produced by Arthemisia Group in Italy and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, this major retrospective of the work of Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) will receive its exclusive North American showing at the MNBAQ.
Pierre Bonnard, Paysage du Midi et deux enfants, 1916-1918. Huile sur toile, 139,1 x 198,1 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, don de Sam et Ayala Zacks, 1970 (71/62)
Pierre Bonnard, Pont du Carrousel, 1903. Huile sur toile, 72,39 x 99,38 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, don de M. et Mme Sidney F. Brody (M.67.3)
Pierre Bonnard, Intérieur au balcon, 1919. Huile sur toile, 52 x 77 cm. Musée d'art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre, collection Olivier Senn, donation Hélène Senn-Foulds, 2004 (2004.3.1)
Pierre Bonnard, Le Déjeuner, Marthe et Jean Terrasse, 1916. Huile sur toile, 67 x 122 cm. Collection particulière
Pierre Bonnard, Porte du jardin de la villa Le Bosquet, Le Cannet, 1944. Huile sur toile, 52,7 x 64,2 cm. Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan
Pierre Bonnard, La Lampe à huile, 1898-1900. Huile sur panneau. 55,3 x 51,8 cm. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (PDP PD. 28-1998)
Bonnard, a French painter, engraver and poster artist as well as a founding member of the Nabis avant-garde movement, is widely known for the originality of his brilliant compositions and his unusual handling of the paint.
The exhibition surveys the work of the painter from the perspective of one of his principal postulates:
“The object is not to paint life, but to make painting come alive.”
His untiring exploration of his immediate surroundings – indoor scenes, female nudes, gardens and landscapes in Normandy and the Côte d’Azur – and his extraordinary feel for chromatic harmonies and light, show that all his life Bonnard worked to transform reality.
This is the very first international exhibition to be magnificently showcased in the temporary exhibition galleries