Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia will show at Legion

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia is the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition will feature more than sixty works that span the artist’s complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known.

“Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia” opens this week at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and will travel to Madrid before coming to San Francisco, its sole American venue.

Among the many significant paintings on view will be:

“Nude in an Interior” (1935) is an oil on canvas.

Man and Woman (1900, Musée d’Orsay)

The Boxer (Self-Portrait) (1931, Musée d’Orsay) 

The Work Table (1926–1937, National Gallery of Art)

View from Le Cannet (1927, Musée Bonnard)

Pleasure (1906–1910, Musée d’Orsay).

La soirée sous la lampe, 1921, Paris, musée d'Orsay

Port de Cannes

"Model in Backlight"

Nu jaune

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Bonnard worked in many genres and techniques, including painting, drawing and photography. From the domestic and urban scenes of his early Nabi period to the great elegies of the twentieth century, Bonnard’s output is grounded in a modernity that was transformed by his knowledge of works from other cultures, including Japanese woodblock prints and Mediterranean mosaics.