(1867 – 1947), France

Pierre Bonnard Biography

In parallel with his law degree in 1887, Pierre Bonnard studied at the Julian Academy with Paul Serusier and Maurice Denis and was quickly admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He met Ker-Xavier Roussel and Edouard Vuillard and took part in the Nabis group founded by Paul Sérusier, in which he was described as "Nabis tres japonard" / "A very Japanese Nabis" because of his arabesque shapes and colours, which he applied flat, avoiding any effect of depth. As for his subjects, they are always borrowed from his daily life; landscapes, interior views, still lifes, or even female nudes. In 1891, he participated for the first time in the Salon des Indépendants and enjoyed his first success after his poster "France-Champagne" was exhibited on the walls of paris. From that moment on, Pierre Bonnard decided to abandon law in favour of devoting himself exclusively to painting. He shared a studio at 28 rue Pigalle with Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard. In 1893, he met Maria Boursin who called herself Marthe de Méligny. She became his model that same year before becoming his wife in 1925. His first solo exhibition took place in 1896 at Durand-Ruel, the following year he participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Vollard Gallery and the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery. Nowadays, the artist's most important exhibitions take place at the Chicago Art Institute, the MoMA in New York and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, among others.

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Marine dans un port du Midi by Pierre Bonnard contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Pierre Bonnard Marine dans un port du Midi Watercolor and pencil on paper
25.3 x 32.5 cm
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Maison du peintre au Cannet by Pierre Bonnard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Pierre Bonnard Maison du peintre au Cannet, 1943 Oil on cardboard
40.8 x 32.9 cm
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Rue à Paris by Pierre Bonnard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Pierre Bonnard Rue à Paris, c. 1894-1895 Oil on cardboard on panel
49.5 x 35 cm
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Nu accroupi by Pierre Bonnard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Pierre Bonnard Nu accroupi Lead pencil and watercolour on paper
18.5 x 21 cm
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Nu accroupi by Pierre Bonnard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Pierre Bonnard Nu accroupi Graphite and watercolour on paper
18.5 x 21 cm
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Marine dans un port du midi by Pierre Bonnard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Pierre Bonnard Marine dans un port du midi Watercolour and pencil on paper
25.3 x 32.5 cm
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Maison du peintre au Cannet by Pierre Bonnard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Pierre Bonnard Maison du peintre au Cannet, c. 1942 Oil, gouache and watercolour on paper laid down on cardboard
40.8 x 32.9 cm
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