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Pierre Bonnard: In Search Of Pure Color

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Pierre Bonnard:
In Search Of Pure Color

This program examines Bonnard's work through a close look at paintings gathered for a major retrospective at the Paris Centre Pompidou. There is also a fascinating glimpse of Bonnard during a seaside outing--a unique piece of documentary footage--the only existing record of the period just before his death in 1936

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Pierre Bonnard
(3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947)
was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of Les Nabis.

Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brush marks and close values. His often complex compositions—typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members—are both narrative and autobiographical. His wife Marthe was an ever-present subject over the course of several decades. She is seen seated at the kitchen table, with the remnants of a meal; or nude, as in a series of paintings where she reclines in the bathtub. He also painted several self-portraits, landscapes, street scenes, and many still lifes, which usually depicted flowers and fruit.

Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject—sometimes photographing it as well—and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.

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