Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pierre Bonnard - French Nabi Painter, (1867-1947) Bonnard was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine. He was a French painter and printmaker, a founding member of Les Nabis. Pierre Bonnard began his long painting career in Paris in the early 1890s. He was one of the first artists to use pure color in flat patterns enlivened by decorative linear arabesques in paintings, posters, and designs for stained-glass windows and books. Together with his friend Edouard Vuillard and the other members of the group known as the Nabis (Hebrew for "prophets"), he helped establish a new, modern style of decoration that was important for the emergence of Art Nouveau in the late 1890s. Throughout the remainder of his career, Bonnard continued and expanded the impressionists' concern for depicting the personal environment of the artist. His naturalism, however, was merely a starting point for striking innovations in color and the construction of perspective. His entire stylistic evolution offers a transition from impressionism to a coloristic, abstract art. Source: The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Release #9.01, ©1997. Bonnard was not a revolutionary artist but he synthesized several different styles to create works of striking painterliness and memorably glorious color. He borrowed a lightness from the Impressionists, a bold palette from the Post-Impressionists and Fauves, a compressed dimensionality from Matisse and added an immense intensity of his own. His oeuvre combines the poignancy of Degas with the lyricism and luminosity of Rothko. By Carter B. Horsley Pierre Bonnard Quotes: A painting that is well composed is half finished. Art will never be able to exist without nature. Color does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it. Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly. It is still color, it is not yet light. The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible. The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing. Work on the accent, it will enliven the whole. You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself. You reason color more than you reason drawing... Color has a logic as severe as form.Collapse this post