Pierre Bonnard

Fontenay-aux-Roses, 13 October 1867 – 23 January 1947, Le Cannet

Le Nabi tres japonard


La Petite qui tousse, 1890

Femmes au chien, 1891

Intimite', 1891

Femmes au jardin, 1891

Le Cid (The Conqueror), 1891-2

Le Peignoir, 1892

Crepuscule ou La Partie de croquet, 1892

Rue a Eragny-sur-Oise ou Les Chiens a Eragny, 1893

Le Cheval de Fiacre ou Les Batignolles avec la devanture fle, 1895

Le Cheval de fiacre, c. 1895

Le Petit Dejeuner de Misia, 1895-7

Promenade des nourrices ou Frise des Fiacres, 1897

Jeune Femme a' la lampe, 1898

Coin de rue, 1899

Boulevard de Clichy, c. 1911, Modern Art, Dublin

Coffee, 1915, Tate Modern

The Bowl of Milk, c 1919, Tate Modern

Nu devant la glace, 1934, Modern Art, Paris

Le Jardin, 1936, Modern Art, Paris

Nu dans le bain, 1936, Modern Art, Paris


Ceaselessly changed his style. He specialized in decoration early in his career. ‘Beautiful grays’ recommended by Serusier, sometimes flat, relief style of painting.

Subjects:    Like Vuillard, he portrayed life of Bourgeoisie but mingled with Bohemian joy. Interiors, but with open windows, often dressing rooms, often naked, dining rooms with tables pilled with fruits, gardens, but less tidy, his bourgeois are at liberty, holiday, street life in outer suburbs, spontaneity and at some time control use of color "in an attempt to escape into the dream."3


Ecole de Beau Arts, Academy Julian

Earned living doing lithographs and posters. Shared studio with Vuillard and Denis for several years. Exhibited with them 1891-99.

98 - anguish over not being enough of a colorist
00 - Disengaged with Nabi moved towards Impressionism.
05 - "gave impression of being an audacious forerunner of the fauves."3
07-10 - Several journeys to Belgium, Holland, Italy and England. Alternatively stayed at Vernon and Le Cannet.
12 - remorse over not having patience

Personality:    Ironic, sensitive, bit ragamuffin like Musset or La Fontaine. Hiding emotion.

Loved far eastern arabesques.



3)    The Nabis and their period. Charles Chasse’. Translated by Michael Bullock 1969. Lund Humphries, London. First published French 1960.