Pierre Bonnard. Painting Arcadia

After the Bonnard exhibitions held all over the world, the Musée d’Orsay, which manages the artist’s legacy, owed it to itself to devote a retrospective to him that is representative of all his creative periods.

Practicing art in its multiple forms – painting, drawing, prints, decorative art, sculpture, photography – Bonnard advocated a basic decorative esthetic, fuelled by sharp, humorous observations drawn from his immediate surroundings.

From the small picture to the large format, from the portrait to the still life, from the intimate scene to the pastoral subject, from the urban landscape to the ancient setting, Bonnard’s work reveals an instinctive and supremely sensitive artist.

His palette of bright, luminous colors makes him one of the eminent voices of modern art and the Arcadian movement.

Guy Cogeval, director of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie, and Isabelle Cahn, chief curator at the Musée d’Orsay

Exhibition also presented in:

  • Madrid, Mapfre Foundation, from Sepember 10, 2015 to January 6, 2016
  • San Francisco, De Young Museum, from February 6  to May 15, 2016

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