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Pierre Bonnard: Interiors

Posted on June 2, 2012 by aks


The Open Window, 1921
Oil on canvas; 46 1/2 x 37 3/4 in.; 118.11 x 95.885 cm.
Phillips Collection. Acquired 1930. On display in Goh Annex, Gallery 206, East.

The video below is a nice introduction to Pierre Bonnard’s late interior paintings that were exhibited at the Met in 2009 (see the review by the New York Times –> here). I’m attracted to these paintings for their quiet subject matter paired with the bold use of color and the way he captures light. He juxtaposes private, interior scenes with a window out to the world.

The lecture (around 18 minutes long) also gives a preview into the process he used as a painter – tacking unstretched canvases to the wall, keeping daily rough sketches in notebooks, painting from memory…it is always interesting to me to capture a glimpse of how other painters work.

Associate Curator Dita Amory presents a discussion of the radiant late interiors and still lifes of Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867 – 1947) that were on view at the Met, January 27 through April 19, 2009 (direct link –> here).