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Pierre Bonnard: Early and Late



Pierre Bonnard, 1867-1947 • The Open Window, 1921 • Oil on canvas  • Acquired 1930 • Photo Courtesy of The Phillips Collection • 
Pierre Bonnard, 1867-1947
The Open Window, 1921
Oil on canvas
Acquired 1930
Photo Courtesy of The Phillips Collection
Pierre Bonnard: Early and Late
UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON, D.C.  •  The Phillips Collection  •  Ongoing
 
The autumn exhibition at The Phillips Collection highlights Pierre Bonnard as an avant-garde artist who broke free of mainstream artistic movements. The show features over 130 of Bonnard's works in all media. Including his prize-winning poster, France-Champagne, and the illustrious graphic work and theatre and book commissions of the 1890s, his paintings of proscenium like terraces of the 1910s and his late bathers of the 1940s, the exhibition explores the full range of Bonnard's artistic production. It showcases over 60 paintings as well as 70 additional works including his earlier and little-known prints and book projects, large-scale decorative screens, drawings, photographs and sculpture.

Pierre Bonnard (1867- 1947) originally trained for a career in law. Painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Académie Julian was not a passion. It was a diversion for him in the evenings and summers at his family's country home in Le Grand-Lemps near Lyon. However, Bonnard was inspired by the example of Paul Gauguin to dispose of the methods of the Ecole, and his law career, and devise his own artistic path. Bonnard himself claimed as early as 1891, "I do not belong to any school. I am only trying to do something personal, and I am trying to unlearn, at this moment, what I worked so hard to learn during the four years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts."

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