Tate Default Title Pierre Bonnard : The Colour of Memory

Pierre Bonnard : The Colour of Memory

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This beautifully illustrated paperback book explores Pierre Bonnard’s transition from great colourist to modernist master, and emphasises his place in the story of twentieth-century art. 

Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) was one of a generation of artists that helped transform painting during the first half of the twentieth century. As a painter, he preferred to work from memory – imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of colour and unconventional choice of composition. 

Focusing on Bonnard’s work from 1912–47, this catalogue presents a variety of landscapes and intimate domestic scenes which capture the passage of time. These works are the artist's memories creatively reconstructed to convey a sense of sensuality or melancholy. As well as looking at his processes, his reliance on photography and his ability to work on different subjects side-by-side, this book relocates Bonnard in the turbulent history of his times. Although modest and withdrawn, he was a subtle witness to events - both in the wider world and his more intimate circle - that can be seen to define the ways in which he thought about and made his very personal art.

  • Author: Matthew Gale, Curator of Modern Art and Head of Displays at Tate. 
  • Paperback: 240 pages | 200 illustrations
  • Date published: January 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849766166
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 23.6 cm