It’s never too late to say happy birthday. My Mondays are always crazed, and it’s difficult for me to get time to peruse the internet, let alone to write a post. But today, art.com mentioned it was Pierre Bonnard’s birthday, and posted a gallery to celebrate. A few years ago, I read Misia Sert’s biography, and grew to love the artwork of Bonnard and Vuillard. (Look for a post on Vuillard later this week!)
Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker. Bonnard trained as a lawyer, but learned painting as a hobby. Soon enough, his passion for art took over and became his career.
In 1891 he met Toulouse-Lautrec, and began exhibiting his artwork publicly. Enthralled by the spiritual act of creating, Bonnard joined Les Nabis, a group of young artists committed to capturing the symbolic and spiritual aspects of life in their paintings. (Vuillard was also a member of Les Nabis.)
Bonnard worked in an interesting manner. He would make colored sketches, and then go back to his studio to create the final work. He wouldn’t paint the subject directly. I think this is why his use of color is so interesting and mesmerizing – it’s part memory, part imagination.
Bonnard, you may be gone, but you are not forgotten.