Pierre Bonnard – The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern until 6 May 2019

Pierre Bonnard Nu dans le bain 1936 Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France)

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), French post-impressionist and founding member of the avant-garde group Les Nabis, was one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century, capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his intense use of colour.  Bonnard did not paint from life but sketched his subject (sometimes photographing it as well) and then, working largely from memory, painted the canvas in his studio from his notes, working on several  canvases at the same time tacked onto his studio walls.

I have all my subjects to hand …I go back and look at them. I take notes. Then I go home. And before I start painting I reflect, I dream.”

The exhibition, which is the first exhibition of Bonnard’s work in the UK for over 20 years, concentrates on his work in the last 35 years of his life until his death at the age of 80.  It presents near to 100 pre-war landscapes, sunlit interiors and gardens and intimate domestic scenes with his wife, Marthe de Méligny.

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