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
(3 October 1867 â€“ 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 compositionsâ€”typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family membersâ€”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 subjectâ€”sometimes photographing it as wellâ€”and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.