Pierre Bonnard : The Colour of Memory
'Essays in the catalog are pleasantly varied. One explains the artistic and political contexts of the late 20th century European world in which Bonnard lived and how these contexts are expressed in his paintings. One touches Bonnard’s key formational biographic events and artistic influences from Gaugin, Manet, Degas, Picasso, Renoir, Seurat, Vermeer, and particularly Hokusai. One discusses Bonnard’s emotional fortitude after WWI.' - New York Journal of Books
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, which accompanies a show at Tate, 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 Although modest and withdrawn, he was a subtle witness to events - both in the wider world and his more intimate circle - that can be seen to define the ways in which he thought about and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